The Lunar New Year Festival is a time when people like to replace old household appliances with new ones. The EPA reminded the public to recycle them in one of the three ways available rather than discard them at will. Statistics show that a total of 3.36 million waste home appliances were recycled in 2020, out of which over 100,000 metric tons of materials were recycled, producing an estimated value of NT$1.3 billion. The EPA urged people to properly recycle waste household appliances to ensure that they enter the legal disposal system instead of being improperly taken apart, which can lead to environmental pollution.
According to the EPA, there are three options to recycle home appliances:
1. Buyers of new televisions, refrigerators, washing machines, or air conditioners can hand their old appliances over to the retailers to recycle for free. It is both convenient and environment-friendly.
2. Without buying any new home appliances, those looking to dispose of their old appliances can call the EPA’s recycling hotline (0800-085717) or visit the Recycling Website (https://recycle.epa.gov.tw) to inquire about recyclers’ contact information.
3. People can contact their local cleaning squad to set up a time and location for their waste appliances to be picked up. People are reminded not to obstruct traffic or pollute the local environment when doing so.
The EPA noted that proper recycling and disposal of waste electronic household appliances not only reduces carbon emission and resource consumption, the recycled materials have the potential to create huge market values. Statistics show that 3.36 million waste household appliances across Taiwan were recycled in 2020, weighing roughly 120,000 metric tons. And out of these appliances, more than 100,000 metric tons of reusable materials such as copper, iron, aluminum, glass, and plastic were recycled, producing a value of approximately NT$1.3 billion. Under the concept of extended producer responsibility and sustainable materials management, waste household appliance recycling can become a form of urban mining, helping us achieve goals such as resource recycling and reuse, zero waste, energy conservation, and carbon reduction.
Excerpt from Major Environmental Policies, Feb 2021
- Environmental Protection Administration, R.O.C.(Taiwan)