Car owners will no longer be allowed to discard unwanted vehicles if they fail to provide documents showing their cars will be recycled appropriately, the Environmental Protection Administration (EPA) said last week. \nThe EPA will be working with the Ministry of Transportation and Communications (MOTC) on the recycling project, which will be launched on July 1 this year. For car owners' convenience, more than 30 motor vehicle stations supervised by the MOTC, will provide space for the establishment of recycling unwanted vehicles. \nEPA officials said that less than 30 percent of old vehicles were recycled. That means millions of used cars went unrecycled and often end up abandoned or back on the market and sold to buyers unaware of the vehicle's age. \nThe EPA hopes to boost vehicle recycling to 40 percent of all unwanted cars by the end of the year. \n"We hope the recycling rate will eventually hit 80 percent in the years to come," Chen Lian-ping (陳聯平), executive secretary of the recycling fund management committee told the Taipei Times. \nChen also said that the EPA's goal is to recycle about one million motor vehicles annually. \nOwners are allowed to recycle components of their vehicles after filling out reports to the EPA's audit checklist, Chen said. \nEPA officials said that technicians would dismantle old motor vehicles and recycle usable components. Beginning next year, the EPA will run a database which consumers can use to search for used components of scooters or cars they would like to purchase. Components of a vehicle which cannot be recycled will be sent to factories which will strip the parts for their base material, such as iron. \nChen said that increasing the amount of recycled vehicles would also increase the amount of reused iron, which could be treated and reused. \nEPA statistics show that the amount of iron recycled and reused in other products has dropped dramatically to 19,000 tonnes last year, from 55,000 tonnes in 2002. EPA officials attributed this to the poor quality of recycled iron. The EPA noted that about 30,000 tonnes of treated iron material has been refused by steel factories. \nTo address this problem, the EPA has deiced to offer subsidies to manufacturers who use recycled iron if the quality meets a certain standard. \n"The less the impurities of recycled iron materials, the lower the amount of treatment needed," Chen said. \nThree existing facilities which dismantle unwanted vehicles have been upgraded to further ensure the purity of recycled iron. \nRecycling plant operators have welcomed the iron recycling initiative. Chen Fu-sung (陳福松), who runs the Green Environment Engineering Corp in Kaohsiung County, said the NT$1 million worth of upgrades he put into his plant would be worthwhile. \n"The value of iron we recycle has doubled from NT$4 per kilogram to NT$8 per kilogram," Chen Fu-sung said.
TOO TIRED: Investigators found that the pilot’s lack of alertness could be attributed to a lack of sleep the previous night, when he had slept with his child It was a copilot’s inappropriate operation of the aircraft and the pilot’s insufficient alertness that led to a hard landing of a China Airlines cargo flight on Dec. 13, 2018, the Taiwan Transportation Safety Board said yesterday. Flight CI6844, a Boeing 747-409 which departed from Hong Kong International Airport, landed on the pre-threshold area of runway L5 at Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport, about 21m before the head of the runway, an investigation report said. The hard landing damaged three runway lights, but none of the personnel on board sustained any injuries, the report said. When approaching the runway, the copilot failed to maintain
DISTRUST WARRANTED? The WHO is under China’s control and has become a useless organization, while data from China cannot be trusted, a Control Yuan member said China’s demand that the novel coronavirus that emerged in Wuhan, Hubei Province, not be referred to with names like the “Wuhan pneumonia” betrays its lack of confidence in itself, Premier Su Tseng-chang (蘇貞昌) told lawmakers yesterday. Democratic Progressive Party Legislator Tsai Yi-yu (蔡易餘) asked Su, during a interpellation at the Legislative Yuan in Taipei, for his view on China’s attempts to redeem its national image in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. These included China’s efforts to “bleach” its image, including having WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus publicly praise its handling of the COVID-19 outbreak, and thanking it for buying time
Taipei residents who stay at hotels in the city during their 14-day mandatory quarantine period are eligible to apply for the city’s NT$7,000 subsidy, with online applications to be launched next week. Taipei Deputy Mayor Vivian Huang (黃珊珊) on Monday said Taipei residents who have COVID-19 Health Declaration and Home Quarantine Notice dated after March 19 and a quarantine hotel receipt for the dates covered by the quarantine period, would be eligible for the subsidy. The Taipei City Government on Sunday told the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) that so many city residents are under home quarantine that about 90 percent of
REPEAT OFFENDER: The man went outside for exercise on Wednesday and then left his home on Saturday with his girlfriend, officials said A New Taipei City man has been fined NT$400,000 (US$13,221) and ordered into government quarantine after breaking home quarantine for a second time on Saturday. The 25-year-old man, surnamed Chen (陳) returned to Taiwan on Sunday last week and was ordered to home quarantine until Sunday. He was seen leaving his home on a scooter with his girlfriend on Saturday, three days after he was fined NT$200,000 for going outside to exercise, police said. Chen has now been placed in a quarantine center arranged by the district office and health center of the district where he lives, police said. Police warned the public