圖說：今年臺灣國際循環經濟展，環保署回收基管會特別以「綠色新家園Green Home」為主題。（圖 / 環保署回收基管會）
For Circular Economy Taiwan event this year, the Recycling Fund Management Board of the EPA has especially created the event based on the theme of “New Green Home.”
【EN】Recycling to create a New Green Home!
Among the garbage generated in large quantities each year, many are recyclable items. According to the regulations issued by the Environmental Protection Administration (EPA) of the Executive Yuan for recyclable items for recovery, there are as many as 67 types from 13 major categories of 33 items. In fact, the EPA has actively promoted the participation by all people in resource recovery, and economic incentives are used to encourage more operators to invest. As such, the recycling performance in Taiwan has increased year by year; by 2018, the resource recovery rate had already reached 53.28%, which is much better than advanced countries such as Europe and the United States.
Taiwan is not only doing well with resource recycling, but its recycling technology is also leading the world. For example, jerseys worn by 16 national teams in the 2018 World Cup are made of eco-friendly yarn from recycled bottles of Far East New Century, and such an accomplishment has created a bright spotlight for this industry that attracts other countries to visit Taiwan to learn from us.
圖說：遠東新世紀使用回收寶特瓶製成的環保紗所製成的球衣。（圖 / 環保署回收基管會）
Far Eastern New Century uses the environmental-friendly yarn made from recycled PET bottles to make jerseys.
Recycling for re-use, garbage can also be turned into gold
Shen Chi-Siu, Deputy Minister of the EPA, pointed-out that “recycling of resources is the first part of the road to implement a circular economy. In fact, the EPA established the Management Committee for Resource Recycle Management Fund (referred to as the Recycling Fund Management Board) more than 20 years ago in order to promote resource recycling, source reduction, and re-use of recycled materials step by step, turning waste into gold. In recent years, results have been demonstrated, whether it is paper, plastic or metal, they are all turned into valuable raw materials. Afterwards, these materials will return entirely to the cycle for constant production, helping to create resources for sustainable circulation and re-use.”
At the Circular Economy Taiwan event this year, the Recycling Fund Management Board of the EPA has placed special focus on “New Green Home” as its theme, will showcase the results of the recycling technology and re-processed products of many domestic manufacturers. Of the wastes promulgated for recovery for recycling, Renato Lab turns 100% recycled pulp into corrugated board stools, uses waste tires to re-make them into cushions; Far Eastern New Century makes use of PET-bottle yarn to manufacture jerseys, environmental protection socks, wetsuits and other items.
In the list of non-declared items, there are also breakthroughs, including the use of natural pasture and recycled plastics to make cups and waste paper baskets by True Grass; Singtex utilizes coffee residue and has processed it into yarn and raw materials for skin care products, and Miniwiz has recycled CD/DVDs and turned them into sunglass frames.
It is worth mentioning that the exhibition area has incorporated the concept of “home” and integrated re-processed products into life, creating a green economy living room, dining room, and bedroom. As such, it shows that resource recycling for re-use and life are inseparable, and that a circular economy is not something from the future, but rather our current way of living.
Innovative technology and process, realizing green manufacturing
Shen Chi-Siu further pointed out that electronic products technology is changing with each passing day and the life cycle is short. Therefore, many electronic product wastes are generated, and they had been treated by landfill or incineration. These treatment methods not only cause great harm to the human body but also the environment. In addition, we must not ignore the fact that such electronic waste contains gold, silver, copper, tin and other high-priced metals. Taiwan's innovative technology is capable of recycling rare metals from these electronic wastes through “environmentally friendly gold stripping,” which can then be sold as metals in different categories with almost zero waste. For plastic wastes that cannot be decomposed in a million years, Horng En Group carries out sorting, smashing and cleaning processes through plastic waste classification, and then adds the mixture and granules to produce PP, PE, ABS, PS, PC, NS PET (yarn, sheet) and other renewable plastic materials, which can be widely used in industries such as automobiles, electronics, consumer goods and other commonly used products.
圖說：透過「環保剝金術」將電子廢棄物中的稀貴金屬進行回收，再依金屬分類售出，幾乎可達零廢棄的程度。（圖 / 環保署回收基管會）
Recycling rare metals in e-waste through “environmentally friendly gold stripping" and selling them according to various metal classifications to achieve almost zero waste.
In this exhibition, visitors can also find the innovative achievements in the circular economy, such as, Wu Chi-Hong and others from the Materials and Chemical Research Laboratories of the Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI) that have developed a continuous “recycling technology for dynamic de-chaining of waste tire rubber” to convert waste tires into recycled rubber for economic value as well as the recycled rubber formula that meets the requirements of environmentally friendly rubber products. In addition, “The Recycling Treatment Technology Research and Development Plan for Film-glass of Waste Vehicles” helps reduce the generation of ASR (waste car crushing residue) waste, and establishes PVB (alcohol butyral) re-use channels to allow resources to be regenerated sustainable. In the future, it is expected to transfer the technology to domestic players to achieve the goal of renewable, circular, and green manufacturing.
Shen Chi-Siu emphasized that “The circular economy is already the trend of the world. This exhibition will not only demonstrate the results of Taiwan's resource recycling to domestic and foreign manufacturers, experts, scholars and the general public, but we also hope to conduct exchanges with other countries. Furthermore, if Taiwan's resource recycling technology can be applied in other countries, we are more than willing to play the role of a platform to bring business opportunities to the industry and bring Taiwan's experience to the international arena.”
圖說：環保署副署長沈志修於臺灣國際循環經濟展受訪時表示：希望能與各國互相交流資源回收成果，將臺灣經驗推向國際。（圖 / 環保署回收基管會）
Shen Chi-Siu, Deputy Minister of the EPA, said at Circular Economy Taiwan event that he hopes to share the results and achievements of resource recycling with other countries and bring Taiwan’s experience to the international arena.
Taiwan has promoted resource recycling for more than 20 years, and such practices have already become a part of people's daily life. From these illustrations, if some wastes can be re-processed properly, they can be re-used as daily necessities; and the dream to realize the vision of a green home can be achieved through recycling and re-use.