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Taiwan’s recycling plants under scrutiny

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A group of foreign resource recycling professionals have visited plants in Kaohsiung County in southern Taiwan to acquire a better understanding of the country’s recycling performance, a Taiwanese Environmental Protection Administration (EPA) official has confirmed.
According to Liu Juei-hsiang, Deputy Executive Secretary of the EPA’s Recycling Fund Management Board, the group of professionals were in Taiwan to attend the Resource Recycling Forum at the Taipei World Trade Center in early October. Delegates visiting the plants included: Hirotaka Ohki, Senior Managing Director of the Japan Automobile Recycling Promotion Center; Bertrand Schultz, President of the European Battery Recycling Association; and Steve Andrews, Director of the UK’s Department of Enterprise, Business and Innovation. They visited Thye Ming Industrial Co. in Taliao, which recycles around 36 000 tonnes of lead batteries per year, and an environmental engineering company that has boosted its recycling rate from 65% in 2001 to 72% in 2007.
Taiwan boasts more than 500 resource recycling plants and over 200 factories reusing recycled resources. It recycles around 220 000 vehicles every year, and enjoys a recycling rate greater than 70% when it comes to lead batteries.

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