MOEA to step up industrial waste recycling work

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TAIPEI (CNA) — The Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA) is looking to devise a recycling program that will focus on recycling industrial waste from three companies that produce a majority of non recycled industrial waste in Taiwan, a government agency said Sunday.

At the suggestion of Minister Without Portfolio Chang Ching-sen (張景森), the MOEA’s Industrial Development Bureau (IDB) said it has been instructed to draft a program by the end of the year to recycle industrial waste, such as gypsum from Formosa Plastics Group, slag from China Steel Corp. and paper from Chung Hwa Pulp Corp.

The waste products can be recycled and used to create by- products but are categorized as waste due to laws and regulations in Taiwan, according to the bureau.

Specialists employed on the program will study relevant laws and regulations and come up with a standard operational procedure to pave the way for more in-depth research starting next year, as they seek to develop solutions to the problem.

According to Chang, in 2018, general waste generation in Taiwan amounted to 31.92 million tons, including 19.61 million tons of industrial waste. Of the total industrial waste, 16.01 tones, or 81.63 percent was recycled, while the remaining 18 percent was largely from the aforementioned three companies.

Therefore, Chang suggested at a circular economy forum last week that the MOEA develop a short to medium term program to recycle waste products created by the three companies.

He also suggested that the ministry set up a data bank for all industrial materials and waste products, including those in solid, liquid and gas states and establish a verification mechanism and transaction platform for recycled resources.

Manufacturers should consider the reduction of raw materials and recycling when designing products and make them an integral part of the production process, Chang said, adding that solar panel and electronics producers need to devise products that can be fully recycled.