【中/英】回收玩家EP05 | 用創客精神打造環境永續！臺灣資源回收之路從哪裡開始？
“Recycling Alien Babies” have become the common memory which almost every Taiwanese has in the childhood.
【EN】R-Walker #05 Create environmental sustainability with the spirit of Makers! Where did Taiwan's resource recycling path begin with?
Where did Taiwan's resource recycling path begin with? In addition to the waste pickers and the volunteers who are spontaneous recycling, and the scrap merchants who acquired the recycled stuff door-to-door, Environmental Protection Administration (EPA) has introduced the recycling bins " Recycling Alien Babies" from the Netherlands into Taiwan at 1989, which has set off a wave of naming: The blue bin was Dr. Blue which likes to eat paper, the red bin was Red Pepper who likes to eat plastic, the green bin was Jade Frog who is the home for glass and the yellow bin was Golden Rat which likes to eat metal. The cute and colorful design of these recycling bins has deepened the concept of resource classification and “Recycling Alien Babies” have become the common memory which almost every Taiwanese has in the childhood.
At the same time , the 4-in-1 recycling program promoted by the EPA has combined the “communities” an “the cleaning squads of the local governments” with “the recycling enterprises” and “the Recycling Fund” so that the people participating in recycling and recycling and disposal enterprises can receive reasonable incentives and gradually establish a complete recycling system.
Recycling schools built by recycling and disposal enterprises have given the environmental education a good hand.
In addition to the education in schools, the recycling schools built by the recycling and disposal enterprises have designed courses regarding themselves and invited students and the public to recycle resources properly and love the earth.
Spring Pool Glass Industrial Co., has been eengaged in recycling and reusing waste for 50 years of spring pool glass. Its main business is to dispose waste glass and turn it into a variety of products so that it can reduce resource extraction and the waste. Spring Pool Glass's teaching program for environmental education is based on "Protect the environment human culture and 100 years of craftsmanship" and "Be friendly to the environment by recycling and reusing waste glass". The company has the participants to watch the video “Hundred years of craftsmanship - handmade glass art”, and also to use recycled glasses to create glass sandblasting design by themselves so as to experience the fun of glass sandblasting in the early days, which participants can receive environmental education while creating something so as to know to cherish resources and to experience the possibility and importance of sustainability.
而在迎賓大廳上寫著「利用厚生」信念的中台資源科技股份有限公司，其「環境資源教育中心」的課程內容包含了適合中小學生的「電燈的秘密- 燈的生命週期」及適合大學生與一般民眾的「舉頭三尺有燈管- 認識環境中汞污染及其影響」，讓民眾能學會如何分辨有害含汞燈、正確選擇省電燈泡並擁有正確回收態度與技能，成為「電燈達人」此外「化廢為寶」的手作課程也會帶領學員們觀察經處理後的資源物質可進行多樣化再利用用途，思考資源回收的重要性。並透過使用回收玻璃彩繪DIY設計，讓學員感受動手做的樂趣。
In the welcome hall of the Chung-Tai Resources Technology Corp, its concept “ Li Yong Hou Sheng(利用厚生)” was written over there, i.e. to use everything to its entirety and to make people rich, which means to promote a circular economy and sustainable social development. The courses in the "Environmental Resource Education Center" of this company have included the "Secrets of Electric Lamps - Life Cycle of Lamps" for primary and secondary school students and the "Lamps above your head – let’s know what mercury pollution in the Environment is and what its Influence is" for college students and the general public, so that they can learn how to tell harmful mercury-containing lamps, to select the correct energy-saving light bulbs and to have the correct attitude and skills about recycling. In addition to becoming a lamp expert, the handmade course “Turn Waste into Treasure” will also lead participants to observe all kinds of resource materials are reused after being treated and to think about the importance of resource recycling. They can also experience the fun of handmaking by designing their own glass painting with the recycled glass.
The resource recycling in Taiwan has mainly focused on education, but environmental education should never be limited in schools. As the recycling and disposal enterprises have begun to participate in the environmental education and every family can also practice the recycling, resource recycling education can actually cover schools, families and society so as to complete the recycling system and to establish a sustainable environment.