Officials urge public to recycle lanterns’ LEDs


TAIPEI–The public is encouraged to recycle the light-emitting diodes (LEDs) in their lanterns after the Lantern Festival, so the tiny illuminants can be used in art projects to promote Taiwan overseas, tourism and environment officials said Saturday.

As more than 1 million LEDs are used every year in the festival, which falls on Feb. 6 this year, officials suggested the public to recycle the materials to help showcase Taiwan’s creativity and environmental awareness behind its LED manufacturing industry, which is one of the largest in the world.

Yang Yeong-sheng, deputy director of the Tourism Bureau’s Planning and Research Division, said the bureau sends numerous lantern displays made of used LEDs to countries such as Singapore, Malaysia and Canada every year.

“People from these countries continue to return to Taiwan to study the way we mix art and technology together,” Yang said.