EPA urges recycling to help cut CO2 emissions


TAIPEI — Making containers from recycled material can significantly reduce the industry’s carbon dioxide emissions, the Environmental Protection Administration (EPA) said Tuesday, urging the public to step up its recycling of waste containers.

Carbon emissions can be reduced by between 47 percent and 85 percent if glass bottles, plastic containers, aluminum foil and cans are recycled for use in the production of containers, EPA officials said, citing studies carried out by the EPA.

For example, making a container that is 50 percent comprised of recycled material from a 600 milliliter glass container would produce 0.4 kilograms less CO2 emissions than if it were made from 100 percent new material, according to the EPA’s Recycling Fund Management Board.