The EPA, Taichung District Prosecutors Office, the Seventh Special Police Corps, and Taichung Environmental Protection Bureau (EPB) jointly busted a waste aluminum reuse enterprise for its illegal waste disposal. In an attempt to cut costs, the violator commissioned enterprises that had not obtained waste clearance and disposal permits to dispose of the waste aluminum slag generated from its operations, as well as dust and ash collected from its air pollution control equipment. At the end of the investigation, relevant enterprises and persons were suspected of violating several administrative penalty stipulations under Articles 46, 47, and 48 of the Waste Disposal Act (廢棄物清理法) regarding illegal disposal and falsifying information with charges brought against them.
Under the pretense of in-factory reuse, the said waste aluminum reuse enterprise did not properly dispose of the waste aluminum slag, dust and ash generated from its operations. Instead, it commissioned unscrupulous parties to transport the waste to enterprises in Shalu and Dadu Districts, Taichung that had not obtained waste disposal permits. Between July 2018 and November 2019, a total of 700 metric tons of such waste had been disposed of by illegal enterprises. As a result, the waste aluminum reuse enterprise saved NT$12.56 million on waste clearance and disposal fees.
When waste aluminum slag or dust and ashes from pollution control equipment come into contact with water, chemical changes can easily occur, leading to generation of irritating, harmful ammonia that can affect the bronchi and the respiratory system and even cause damage to the lungs after long-term inhalation. These wastes can also seriously pollute the environment if dumped or buried randomly. Enterprises are urged to avoid causing pollution by commissioning enterprises compliant with the Waste Disposal Act to dispose of their industrial wastes. Moreover, the EPA will continue to crack down on violations by collaborating with prosecutors and police in order to deter environmental crimes and maintain environmental quality.
Excerpt from Environmental Policy Monthly, 23 (5)
- Environmental Protection Administration, R.O.C.(Taiwan)