To enhance resource cycling and management, the EPA preannounced revisions to part of the Management Regulations for Reuse of Common Industrial Waste (共通性事業廢棄物再利用管理辦法) and the table in its Article 2. For example, the revisions added uses of waste plastics as solid renewable fuels (SRF) or SRF-related products and added clauses concerning the reuse management of food waste.
The EPA states that the revisions not only modified relevant clauses concerning the integration of the reuse check list into the industrial waste clearance plans in the administrative procedure, but also clearly defined that the cross-factory reuse by the same legal body is deemed as self-reuse considering the simple nature of common industrial waste and the available mature reuse technologies. The purpose was to encourage enterprises to voluntarily install reuse facilities, emphasizing the responsibility of production sources, and effectively promote resource reuse.
To be in line with the policy of transforming flammable wastes into fuels, the revisions added that waste plastics can be reused as raw materials for solid renewable fuels and specified the combusting equipment buyers of plastic waste SRF products must have when they are using the products as fuels (as mentioned in the table below). Also, the revised regulations clearly stipulate that reuse of waste plastics for food container uses must be compliant with the Act Governing Food Safety and Sanitation (食品安全衛生管理法).
With respect to the reuse of food waste, the revisions added soil improvement uses, and clauses regarding the operation and management of solids and leachate after solid-liquid separation treatment. Concerning the reuse of food waste as fuel materials or fuels for renewable bio-energy, the regulations also stipulate the uses and requirements for the digestate sediment and fluid produced from anaerobic fermentation.
Excerpt from Environmental Policy Monthly, 23 ()
- Environmental Protection Administration, R.O.C.(Taiwan)