At the opening ceremony of Circular Economy Taiwan, Vice President Chen Chien-Jen and Deputy Minister of the Environmental Protection Administration, Shen Chi-Siu jointly participated in the event. In recent years, the Environmental Protection Administration has actively promoted policies such as source reduction and re-use after recycling. During the three-day exhibition, they shared the abundant results brought about from resource recovery and recycling.
Shen Chi-Siu, Deputy Minister of the Environmental Protection Administration of the Executive Yuan noted that a circular economy is not only limited to resource recycling, but also water regeneration and others. Therefore, the event has attracted many international parties to Taiwan. As for our efforts in resource recycling, we can share our technology internationally, and also hope that more international parties can offer their experiences so that we can benefit from mutual exchange. If our international friends consider that the resource recycling technologies of Taiwan can be applied to their countries, we will be more than happy and willing to promote such technologies abroad. This would also bring more business opportunities to our recycling industry.
Based on the theme “New Green Home,” the exhibition will announce a list of high value wastes for recycling of 67 types from 13 major categories of 33 items, which are to be developed as re-processed products.
The PET bottles we collect for recycling are made into many items such as blankets, clothing, and are even combined with coffee grounds to produce higher quality textiles. As for tires and rubber, they can be made into diving suits or wetsuits. It is of utmost importance that we add value to our recycled items.
Innovative technology is used to turn waste into functional knit fabrics for sportswear such as surf wear, sun-protection clothing, and others. Besides, coffee grounds can also be used as exfoliating cream, and even crafts can be made from recycled materials.
In such a way, if we can retrieve and recycle these resources, no matter if it is paper, plastic or metal, or other materials, we can turn them into valuable raw materials, cycling them back to the circulatory system. Consequently, we can reduce mining and development of our natural resources, leaving them to our future generations.
The exhibition is based on the themes of creative recycling for re-processing, innovative recycling technology, and the creation of a circular economy. The results of Taiwan's resource recycling can be shared with foreign manufacturers, while exchanges are made to enhance the international visibility of the resource recycling achievements by Taiwan as we advance to the objectives of “zero waste, low energy consumption” toward the goal of a sustainable country.