Reminders on Resource Recycling
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Reminders on resource recycling
Focus of inspection: Households and other non-profit making organizations are required to sort their wastes into resource garbage, kitchen waste and general garbage prior to discharging. These wastes should be disposed into their respective containers (the resource recycling truck, the kitchen waste recycling bucket and the waste container (dust box)). Alternatively, the wastes can be handed over to the cleaning squad (inspectors) for assistance with disposal. 
(i)Implementation period: effective from January 1 2005. 
(ii)Targets of implementation: all districts across New Taipei City. 
(iii)Penalties: Pursuant to Article 50 of the Waste Disposal Act, violators will be subject to a fine between NT$ 1,200 – NT$ 6,000. If the violation continues after the end of the designated time period, then continuous daily fines shall be imposed.

Items and categories of recycling
Waste PET bottles:Injection molded PET bottles with flat bottoms made from HDPE. You can find a circular point at the bottom of such bottles. It is they are light in weight and does not break. Waste aluminum cans:Ductile and light in weight, aluminum cans can be deformed easily with your bare hands. Aluminum cans are nonmagnetic and formed in a single-step without seams. Aluminum is 100% recyclable. Waste iron cans:Rigid and heavy, iron cans are relatively more difficult to deform. Iron cans are magnetic and you can find seams on the body of the cans. Waste glass containers:Transparent and sparkling, glass containers are brittle. Waste plastic containers:These come in a variety of different materials and colors. The most common plastic containers found in household wastes include milk bottles, Yakult bottles, salad oil bottles, shampoo bottles, bottles of cosmetic products and etc. Waste paper:These include outdated newspapers, wrapping papers, paper cartons, magazines, notebooks. Waste paper container:These include Tetra packs, paper tableware, paper packs. Waste dry cells:These include used dry cells and batteries that have been officially announced for recycling, such as: zinc-manganese battery, silver-oxide battery, cylindrical alkaline zinc battery, mercury-oxide battery, cylindrical primary lithium battery, zinc-air battery, cylindrical secondary lithium battery, nickel-cadmium battery, button lithium battery, nickel-hydrogen battery, button alkaline zinc battery Automobiles:These include automobiles and motorcycles Lubricant, tires, lead rechargeable batteries Electronic products and appliances:These include television sets, washing machines, refrigerators, air conditioners IT products:These include computers, power cables, motherboards, hard disks, chasses (including personal computers and notebook computers) Fluorescent lamps:All fluorescent tubes should be recycled, including straight tubes, circular tubes and bulbs

Plastic foam packaging:These include buffer materials and thermal insulation packaging made from materials such as EPS, EPE, EPP and EPO. Old clothes:These include various used apparels such as pants, skirts, blouses, jackets and so forth Kitchen waste:These include left over food, soup, bones, fruit peels, fallen leaves, fallen branches and so forth Waste CD-ROMs/mobile phone batteries Waste consumable oil recycling Waste (clean) plastic bag recycling

Experience sharing (tips on reusing items)
Although everyone knows the importance of environmental protection and resource recycling, it has occurred to many families that the concept is actually harder in practice. The confusion on how to sort and pack different types of garbage usually results in the over- accumulation of wastes garbage on the balcony or in the kitchen, which can be unsightly and unhygienic. Don’t fret; you will be surprised at how easy it is to be environmentally friendly and how painless resource recycling is by putting a little creative thought in the process. This is especially true if you have a Conservation Mothers Classroom in the community where you reside. .Easy recycling of glass, aluminum and iron cans 1.Clean containers such as oil cans, toothpaste tubes, soy sauce bottles, glass bottles, containers of cosmetic products, aluminum/iron cans of beverages with water after the contents have been emptied; 2.To make things easy, if you are not very certain about how to sort the containers/wish to avoid the trouble/do not have sufficient space in your household, you can put the wastes in the resource recycling bag issued by the county government or your own bag; once the bag is full, simply give it to the personnel attending the resource recycling truck. .Recycling of waste paper can be really convenient 1.Collect and store waste paper in big paper boxes that areis more usually appealing; when the container is full, give it to the personnel attending the resource recycling truck; 2.When recycling old newspapers, books and various types of waste paper, remember to remove non papernon-paper parts such as thumbtacks or clips. Spread out the paper and flatten it slightly; 3.If the space permits, the paper box used to collect waste paper may be placed at the front door and be picked up by the resource recycling business (or scavengers) if the waste paper turns out to be too heavy to handle.

.Turn your kitchen waste into free fertilizers 1.Prepare a bucket of moderate size; collect fallen leaves, vegetables and fruit peels and place them in the bucket (do not add oily kitchen waste to it); 2.Once in a every few days, take the full bucket down to the Conservation Mothers Office and pour the contents into the big barrel of compost; 3.You can also create your own compost right at in your balcony or rooftop; spread a layer of soil for every 20-30cm depth of kitchen waste and let it ferment. The resulting compost will become richly fertile. You can use the compost for gardening in your own home or contribute it towards greening the community to save money and be eco-friendly at the same time.

.Give away your old clothing to charity 1.Used under garments made from cotton makes great rags; the softness and texture of cotton is best suited for household cleaning. 2.Apparels that can still be worn (including uniforms) should be washed and cleaned first; log on to the Conservation Mothers Foundation (website http://www.conmofo.org.tw/) and donate your old apparels clothes to those who need it them most by using the foundation’s online system. 3.Alternatively, you can collect old apparels clothes and deposit them into the used clothing recycling boxes installed by the local government and charity organizations near you or give them to the recycling businesses that visit your neighborhood periodically.