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VIDEO: Taiwan aims to boost plastic recycling in manufacturing industry

  • 22 April, 2022
  • Shirley Lin
VIDEO: Taiwan aims to boost plastic recycling in manufacturing industry
ASE Group is able to recycle 68% of their plastic waste. (CNA file photo)

Taiwanese businesses produce about 240,000 tons of plastic waste a year. That’s about the same amount produced by Taiwanese residents. But only 28% of plastic waste from the manufacturing industry can be recycled. That’s why Taiwan’s Environmental Protection Administration is pushing to establish a more environmentally friendly manufacturing sector.

Taiwan’s EPA wants to increase the percentage of recyclable plastics in the country. That’s why it is working with recycling companies to re-examine and determine which types of plastic waste can be recycled. The administration is doing that through innovative research and by developing recycling technology to allow the reuse of waste materials.

The EPA official in charge of waste management, Lai Ying-ying, says that plastics used by manufacturers are more diversified. That means its properties are more complicated. Lai says there needs to be more investment in separation technology or innovative technology for better recycling.

Take TSMC, Taiwan’s top contract chipmaker, as an example. The company has developed more than 20 kinds of recycled products. They include recycled plastic bags, aluminum strips and SRF fuel rods. As a result, two-thirds of all its plastic waste was recycled last year. That amounted to 8,000 tons of recycled plastics.

Another good example is ASE Group, which is also a Taiwanese semiconductor company. The company was able to recycle their plastic waste into garbage bags, electric fans, and plant pots, reaching a recycling rate of 68%, which amounted to 4,300 tons of recycled plastics last year.

The EPA said it hopes that with new technology, the current average 65% of recycling rate can be raised to 75% in the manufacturing sector in the near future.

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