The Environmental Protection Administration’s (EPA) 2012 International Conference on Resource Recycling began in Taipei yesterday, with government officials from more than 10 countries attending the event to share recycling experiences.
Citing EPA Minister Stephen Shen (沈世宏), the EPA said the Zero Waste and Resource Recycling program is one of the administration’s five major policies and has been implemented through a number of schemes such as the Four-in-one Resource Recycling Program (involving communities, local government cleaning squads, recycling companies and recycling funds), mandatory recycling and sorting of waste, and the per bag trash collection fee policy.
Attending the opening event, EPA Deputy Minister Chang Tzi-chin (張子敬) said that since the Zero Waste and Resource Recycling policy began in 1999, average daily waste output had dropped from 1.1kg to 0.43kg.
This year’s conference has three main topics: Green Generation; Green Thinking and Green Economy; and Development of Sustainable Cities through Green Designs.
In addition to the various discussions taking place, there is also an exhibition displaying products made from recycled materials — such as furniture made from recycled cardboard, lightweight and low heat conduction ceramic tiles made from recycled materials, and colorful building materials made from recycled glass — that are all manufactured by companies in Taiwan.
Today’s sessions are set to include speeches on the resource recycling system of municipal solid waste in the US, Brazil, Israel, Japan and South Korea.
The exhibition is open to the public until this afternoon at the GIS Ministry of Transportation and Communication Convention Center in Taipei.