The village resource recycling stations established around Taiwan can facilitate
【EN】R-Walker #02: Those village resource recycling stations have linked local cultural characteristics and the passion and spirit of the residents
Do you remember which days of the week when the recycling vehicle in your neighborhood is in service?
This is not a difficult question for those people who often chase garbage trucks and recycling trucks.
People waiting for garbage trucks at the street corners and holding several bags of recycled items at the alleys have become a common scenario. These also reflect that our country has done a great job in environmental protection with active engagement by the public in reusing and recycling resources.
In Taiwan, the resource recycling culture is not only "waiting for the recycling vehicles", but also the "resource recycling stations" establishing close links with the village residents. This policy has created a new generation of resource recycling by killing two birds with one stone, allowing village residents to earn by recycling and generating resources with zero waste left.
A successful village resource recycling station plays an indispensable role for village residents. Here, their willingness to recycle resources can be increased through local recycling mechanisms and a rewards system. On the other hand, they can use the incentive from resource recycling more effectively as community construction funds, which is an important part of the resource recycling system.
A unique resource recycling station can work well in three parts including village resident service.
We can take the system of combining incentives as an example, in which all the village residents need to do is wash and then classify the recyclables according to the nine major categories, then take them to the village resource recycling station, after which the station staff will help them classify and weigh the recycled items and convert into exchangeable points. The resident can then exchange these accumulated points into household goods, such as dishwashing liquid, soap, garbage bags, etc., which are diverse and highly practical, and often used in every family.
Moreover, the income from the sale of the recycled items from village resource recycling stations can be used to set up a public welfare account to create neighborhood funds, which can be used to pay the expenses of the resource recycling stations and to give back to the village. For example, in some townships, this fund is used to subsidize the funeral expenses of the disadvantaged residents, provide subsidies for low-income families, provide scholarships, etc., or during the epidemic prevention period, to provide vouchers for the vulnerable sector so that they can overcome the challenges with regard to their livelihood.
By adding incentives to recycling, not only can the residents be encouraged to recycle, but also the village and neighborhood heads can make the community invigorated and even create harmony and teamwork among the residents.
Volunteers are helping residents with cleaning, transporting, and recycling resource, thus creating harmony and teamwork among the residents.
With the implementation of the village resource recycling station project, care for the environment can be inculcated in children.
The village resource recycling stations can take advantage of the local creativity, community development and their geographical position to promote environmental education at the same time. A natural ecological pool is built outside the resource recycling station to provide residents with a place for recreation. Sometimes volunteers can use the time spent by the villagers here to explain nature and environment to the children playing.
Village resource recycling stations near "mountains" can introduce mountain landscape features, while those near the "sea" can further promote marine environmental education. For example, the village resource recycling stations near the “sea” can combine the activities of cleaning the beach and resource recycling to enable the public to gain points to exchange for seasonal fruits and livelihood supplies by picking up recyclable waste on the beach, which not only encourages residents to regularly clean the beach, but also even motivate tourists from other cities or countries to automatically pick up the recyclables on the beach in exchange for a delicious fruit or afternoon tea for themselves when they see such an event.
The resource recycling stations near "mountains" can extend their function as a resource recycling station by aiding in economic development by working with neighboring colleges and universities in developing lemon enzymes and lemongrass anti-mosquito spray or lotion for sale in the resource recycling stations by using locally grown plants such as lemon and lemongrass. Through such activities, relevant industry characteristics can be gradually established, and the community economy can be activated so as that more and new work opportunities will be created for young people or housewives who have long stayed in their hometowns.
"Recycling resource" no longer pertains to just a concept for Taiwanese but a link to our lives. The establishment of "village resource recycling stations can achieve the following goals: environmental protection, economic stimulation, environmental education, etc. It also realizes the functions through the support and cooperation of the residents. Let’s try to learn where the village resource recycling stations near your home are and then bring recyclable resources to these stations next time. Maybe there are some good stuff awaiting you!