Common channels of recycling include:
1. Cooperating with your local township office’s cleaning squad by giving them your recyclable items on the designated “resource recycling day”;
2. Depositing your recyclable items in various “resource recycling facilities” installed at franchise convenience/supermarket/wholesalers pursuant to pertinent regulations;
3. Gathering recyclable items collectively in your community/neighborhood and give them to your local recycling business (visit http://recycle.epa.gov.tw/ for relevant information on designated collection spots and your local recycling business operators).
This is what it looks like.
There is a wide range of materials that are recyclable and the easiest way to tell if something can be recycled is to look for the “resource recycling logo” on the container. The logo represents the “polluter pays principle” and businesses involved in the production or import of relevant containers or products (with the characteristics of being recyclable and not easily disposed) are required to pay a fee for the recycling, clearance and disposal of recyclable resources toward the “Recycling Fund” for the promotion of recycling, clearance and reuse of various resources. In addition, these manufacturers are also required to affix the resource recycling logo onto products that they produce or import for consumers to easily identify the recyclable items.
Containers announced for recycling refer to containers made from aluminum, iron, glass, plastic, paper, tinfoil or other single/composite materials that are similar in nature to contain prepared food, beverage, liquor, vinegar, potable water, prepared edible oil, dairy product, cosmetic product, cleaning solutions, paint, eco-friendly medication, pesticide or other substances that are similar in nature that have been officially announced by the EPA of Executive Yuan for recycling. For detailed information on various recycling channels and organizations, click here.
1. Kitchen wastes recycled by households can be given to the cleaning squad for disposal in the large kitchen waste recycling bin that are mounted to the rear of waste collection truck or resource recycling truck during the garbage disposal period announced by your local township office. Presently, kitchen wastes is collected 6 days a week in New Taipei City (with the exception of Sundays; for Shenkeng Township, the collection service will not be available on Thursdays). The city government has gone at great lengths to make sure the process of kitchen waste recycling is as convenient as possible by providing the service almost on a daily basis.
2. For residents that have conflicting schedules due to reasons such as work and are unable to dispose their wastes on a daily basis at the designated time, they could wrap up the leftover food and keep it in their refrigerator to prevent it from spoiling and take it out to the cleaning squad at other designated times for kitchen waste recycling.
1. Recyclable kitchen wastes include the leftovers like vegetable leaves/residues, fruits, fruit peels, coffee bean residues, leftover rice, noodle, fish/shrimp, meat and expired food that are cooked uncooked.
2. For a finer classification, recyclable kitchen wastes can be further divided into leaf vegetables, rice/grains, fish, meat, fruits, tea leaves, snacks, can foods, jams, seasonings, items made from flours such as confectionaries, bean products, powder food products, waste edible oil and milk (please store in separate containers).
3. In the past, collected kitchen wastes that were used to feed pigs would not be processed. Since shrimp shells and fishbone might choke and injure pigs, the general kitchen collection practice would exclude the two items in the past. However, all kitchen wastes that are used as pig feed have to go through various processes of pulverization, grinding and high temperature steaming; the waste would end up in a powdery substance before being mixed to the staple food for pigs and delivered through tubes. This means you can recycle all kitchen wastes without worries.
4. On a related note, items such as coconut, durian, sugarcane, clamps, rice dumpling leaves that contain hard fiber/shell (peel, stalk, kernel, leave) are still not collected for recycling for two reasons: 1. they are hard to digest and therefore are not suitable as pig food; 2. due to the physical characteristics of these substances, they tend to damage the pulverizing facilities and could cause difficulties in the pulverization and grinding processes. When properly pulverized, these kitchen wastes may still be reused for compost.
5. It should go without saying that utensils and tableware made from materials such as metals, Styrofoam and plastic boxes, chopsticks, toothpicks, spoons are inedible for both human and pigs. However, one of the most common mistakes made by the general public and restaurants in the process of recycling is to recycle expired food items directly without separating the contents from the packaging due to carelessness. The Environmental Protection Bureau would like to use this opportunity to remind everyone on this point.