Thu, Sep 08, 2005 - Page 3 News List

Recycle more, Hsieh tells battery makers

BY JIMMY CHUANG  /  STAFF REPORTER

Praising the Environmental Protection Administration (EPA) and the public for their contributions to recycling, Premier Frank Hsieh (謝長廷) yesterday said that more used batteries, Styrofoam and paper should be recycled.

"We will ask battery manufacturers especially to assume a greater responsibility to make provision for the recycling of their products," Cabinet Spokesman Cho Jung-tai (卓榮泰) quoted Hsieh as saying at the weekly Cabinet meeting yesterday morning.

According to Cho, an EPA survey showed that 90 percent of Taiwanese residents support the idea of sorting their garbage to be recycled.

"We initially thought the public would be averse to this policy, because it makes their life less convenient. However, this policy has received support beyond our expectations and seems to be very popular," Cho said.

The premier is always glad to see people supporting the policy, cooperating with collectors and patiently waiting for the garbage truck by the side of the road, Cho said.

The Cabinet spokesman said that the recycling of used batteries, Styrofoam and paper will be the focus of future policies. "Currently, only 17 percent of batteries, 46 percent waste paper and 42 percent of the Styrofoam in circulation are being recycled."

He added that the government will also tackle the recycling of kitchen waste and restaurant leftovers, although more details need to be worked out by the EPA, the Ministry of Economic Affairs and the Council of Agriculture, who are working on plans to turn the leftovers into manure.

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