An innovative way for recycling leftovers in Chushan Township, Nantou County, turns 100 tonnes of leftover food into fertilizer, further prolonging the lifespan of operational landfills, according to the Environmental Protection Administration (EPA) yesterday.
To ease the burden of local landfills, the EPA plans to increase composting in the nation to 900 tonnes next year from last year's 300 tonnes. EPA officials said yesterday that Nantou County, an agricultural region, has proven that promoting recycling decombustables can be more than just talk.
In Chushan, where a recycling program was launched in May, 20 to 30 percent of household waste is recycled regularly through the composting plan.
"Due to recycling, the lifespan of an operational landfill can be prolonged by about 7 years," Chen Tung-mu (
According to Chen, a specially designed compost truck, costing NT$1.8 million, helped a lot.
"It is the most advanced one in Taiwan. Its two intakes are connected to pressure systems prevent odors from escaping when leftovers have been dumped into it," Chen said.
Compost is treated in a NT$3 million treatment system. Compost produced by it can be used for not only fertilizing but also conditioning soil.
Currently, soil experts from Da-yeh University (
Local environmental officials said that the collection of compost could also meet the fodder demand of pig farms. In the townships of Puli (
Meanwhile, in Shanchung borough (
According to Huang Te-fu (
Huang's team has successfully sold their experience to other townships in Nantou in the last two years. Currently, more than 2,000 families in the county produce decomposable waste in their residences.
Huang said that organic vegetables fertilized by self-produced compost was welcome because they made the vegetables taste good.
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"The distributed model in Chushan is actually suitable for any remote area in any agricultural county like Nantou," said Huang Ching-ju (
In addition to leftovers, officials said, Chushan residents are also cooperating in recycling materials. The recycling rate in Chushan has increased to 18.25 percent in June from 1.24 percent in the same period in 1998.