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Household appliance recycling begins Friday

By Lee I-chia  /  Staff Reporter

Starting on Friday, people who purchase four types of appliances — refrigerators, air conditioners, TVs and washing machines — will be able to benefit from a free recycling service for their old appliances from the vendor, the Environmental Protection Administration (EPA) said yesterday in announcing the new recycling policy.

Under the plan, vendors of the four types of appliances will be required to provide a “-confirmation note of consumer rights” and a “recycling management receipt” clearly explaining customers’ right to the free service upon the purchase of a new appliance.

Under the current regime, customers can have their old appliances picked up for recycling by contacting the EPA to schedule a location and time for pick-up with local cleaning units.

Environmental Protection Administration Minister Stephen Shen (沈世宏) said that although the four-in-one recycling policy — a project that links community waste sorting, local governmental -cleaning units, recycling companies and recycling funds to form a complete recycling network — has been in place since 1997, the recycling rate for the four types of appliances had only increased from 29 percent in 2000 to 51 percent last year.

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