5. Regulated Recyclable Waste


According to Article 2 of the Waste Disposal Act, waste is divided into general waste and industrial waste. Article 15 Paragraph 2 of the same act has defined recyclable waste, whereas Article 5 Paragraph 6 of the same act has regulated general waste recycling items for enforcement authorities to recycle. It also states that municipality; county (city) competent authorities may add other general waste recycling items based on special requirements within their jurisdictions. Added items shall be submitted to the competent authority for further reference.


5.1 Announced of Regulated Recyclable Waste (on the basis of Article 15 Paragraph 2; a total of 33 items in 13 categories)


Based on Article 15 of the Waste Disposal Act, EPA has announced the scope of responsibility of enterprises with regard to recycling, clearance and disposal. The publicly announced articles include containers, motor vehicles, tires, lead-acid batteries, electronic and electric appliances, IT epuipments, dry batteries, light bulbs etc. The following table lists regulated recyclable articles and containers stated in announcements:


An Overview of the Scope of Responsible Enterprises based on the Category of Publicly Announced Regulated Recyclable Articles




Scope of Responsible Enterprises

Dry Batteries


Small, sealed type batteries that consist of a single cell of less than 1 kilogram before assembly into a battery pack and that directly convert chemical energy into electrical energy, including primary or rechargeable batteries. If distinguished based on shape, these include batteries in tube shape (cylinder or cuboids cells), button cells, and battery packs. This shall not include lead-acid batteries and cells that require the addition of electrolytes or other substances to generate electrical energy.

1.   Article manufacturers: Enterprises or institutions that manufacture articles.

2.   Article importers: Enterprises or institutions that import articles.


Motor Vehicles

Motor Vehicles


Outer tires, not including solid tires

Lead-Acid Batteries

Lead-Acid Batteries

Electronic and Electric Appliances

1. Television sets: Includes picture tube type and non-picture tube type (this type only for using with alternating current) and color image projectors (internal color image projection televisions), screen size for 27 inches.

2. Refrigerators: AC using, the capacity is under 800L which includes compressor type and electric absorption type refrigerators.

3.     Washing machines: With a load capacity is over 6 kg and under 15 kg.

4. Air-conditioners, heaters: Includes window type, box type and split type air-conditioners that are labeled with an air conditioning capacity of 8,000 Kcal/h (or 9.3KW) or less. However, water-cooled air-conditioners/ heaters and air-conditioners/ heaters used for motor vehicles, ships or aircraft purpose are excluded.

5. Electric fans: Includes desk fans, standing fans, and wall fans, window fans, ceiling fans, ventilation fans and other electric fans equipped with an alternating current motor with an output power of 125W or less.

IT Equipment

1. Portable Computers
    Examples include laptops and tablets, and the screen
    size shall be at least 7 inches.
2. Motherboard
    The main circuit board in a personal computer that
    holds crucial components in the system and
    provides connectors for other peripherals.
    The crucial components shall at least include
    the central processing unit.
3. Hard Disk Drive:
    The internal or external data storage device for
    personal computers.
4. Power Supplies:
    The device that supplies electric power in personal
5. Computer Cases:
    The enclosure that contains most components of
    personal computers.
6. Monitors:
    The display device for personal computers with a
    screen size of no more than 27 inches.
7. Printers:
    The printing devices for personal computers such as
    ink-jet printers, laser printers and dot matrix printers,
    and the maximum printable area shall not exceed more
    than the size of A3. Large multifunction printers for
    business are not included.
8. Keyboards:
    The input device for personal computers. This
    definition does not include numeric keypads.
9. The term “personal computers” mentioned in (1) to (8)
    refers to the commodity computers that are widely
    available, and shall not include computers designed for
    special purpose, such as MRT card readers, ticket
    vending machines, ATMs, electronic message signs on
    highway, computer telephone integration systems,
    military purposed devices, GPS navigation devices and
    point of sales (POS) systems.  

Light Sources

Fluorescent tubes, circular fluorescent lamps, self-ballast fluorescent light bulbs, compact fluorescent lamps, incandescent bulbs (with a diameter of more than 2.6 cm), high intensity discharge(HID). Cold Cathode Fluorescent Lamp (CCFL), Electrode less Discharges Lamp, and other mercury Lamp.

Flat Containers

Flat containers refer to flat containers or their lids that are made with sheets of papers, plastic or biomass plastics as listed in the next table; examples include boxes, lids, plates, trays, fast food containers, disposable tableware, etc.. Disposable tableware refers to tableware that was designed and made exclusively for eating or drinking and is to be discarded by consumers after one-time use. Disposable tableware include cups, bowls, trays, plates, lunch boxes and lunchbox partitions for holding food, which is not washed and cannot be used repeatedly.

1.       Article manufacturers: Enterprises or institutions that manufacture articles.

2.       Article importers: Enterprises or institutions that import articles.

3.       Enterprises or institutions that manufacture and import biomass plastic materials and flat container.

Non-Flat Disposable tableware

Disposable tableware that is made of container materials shown in the next table, but not including flat containers.


Remarks: Lubricants are no longer on the control list as of January 1, 2012.



Containers refer to publicly announced articles made of aluminum, iron, glass, plastic, paper, foil or other single or composite materials with the purpose of being filled. Below is a table of the scope of responsible enterprises based on the category of the publicly announced regulated recyclable article containers.


An Overview of the Scope of Responsible Enterprises based on the Category of the Publicly Announced Regulated Recyclable Article Containers



Container Definition

Scope of Responsible Enterprises

1.           Food, animal food, feedstuff

2.           Dairy products

3.           Seasonings, vinegar

4.           Edible oils and fats

5.           Beverages

6.           Mineral water, purified water, distilled water and other packaged drinking water

7.           Alcoholic beverage (any alcoholic beverage as defined by the Tobacco and Alcoholic Product Management Act)

8.           Medical alcohol, including alcohol produced under a pharmaceutical product license from the Department of Health, Executive Yuan

9.           Liquids for internal use that contain amino acids and multiple vitamins

10.        Oxygen

11.        Cosmetics (color cosmetics are excluded)

12.        Personal hygiene and care products, animal hygiene and care products

13.        Essential oils and resinous substances (refers to articles that fall under CCC Code 3301 of Import and Export Commodity Classification of the Republic of China), perfumes, odor removers

14.        Salt water, salt

15.        Cleaning agents

16.        Ethanol

17.        Lens cleaning and care solutions

18.        Paper tissues, wet wipes

19.        Desiccants, dehumidifying agents

20.        Battery fluids

21.        Lubricants, lubricating agents, hydraulic oils

22.        Coloring agents, pigments, dyes, ink

23.        Waxes, polishes, detergents, antiknock agents, anti-rusting agents, antifreeze agents

24.        Coatings (refers to paint, pain solvents, cement paint, varnishes)

25.        Adhesives

26.        Sealants, putty, epoxy putty

27.        Gas, kerosene, lamp oil, cigarette lighter fluid for refills

28.        Environmental sanitation agents including general use environmental agents and restricted-use environmental agents

29.        Agrochemical pesticides

30.        Fertilizers

31.        Over-the-counter drugs and instructed medications (instructed by physicians, pharmacists and assistant pharmacists)


1.         Container refers to packaging made mainly from one or more of the following materials with the purpose of being filled, excluding those being filled mainly in the form of bags, plastic wrap, cloth, or foil:

A.   Aluminums

B.   Irons (refers to steel sheets)

C.   Glasses

D.   Papers (refers to paper sheets that have undergone wax impregnation or coating, or have been laminated with plastic film or aluminum foil)

E.   Aluminum foil packages (including paper, aluminum foil and plastic composite materials)

F.    Plastics:

(1) Polyethylene terephthalate (PET)

(2) Polystyrene (PS); foam

(3) Polystyrene (PS); non-foam

(4) Polyvinyl chloride (PVC)

(5) Polyethylene (PE)

(6) Polypropylene (PP)

(7) Other Plastics

G.   Plant Fibers

H.   Biomass Plastics

2.         Containers including lids, handles, stands, spray nozzles, pump dispenser heads, labels and other attachments to container products that are discarded after use together with the container (the main materials used for labels and other parts are not limited to those listed under 1A to 1H)

3.         Containers that do not have a volume greater than 17 liters

4.         Containers mainly made of paper listed under 1D are restricted to disposable tableware and airtight or leak proof paper containers

5.         Containers mainly made of PS foam listed under 1F (2) do not include those made from EPS (Expanded Polystyrene), but include disposable tableware made from EPS.

6.         When articles are filled in bag, plastic wrap, cloth or foil and then packed in containers, said containers shall still be regulated by this Announcement.

7.         All containers used as product containers are regulated by this Announcement.

8.         The use of containers that are mainly made of plant fibers listed under 1G is limited to those used as disposable tableware.

9.         Containers that are filled with patent medicines or drugs taken on the instruction of physicians, pharmacists or assistant pharmacists are limited to those used when sold by pharmaceutical manufacturers.

1.        Container Product Manufacturers: Enterprises or institutions that manufacture the container products, but does not include manufacture biomass plastic container products.

2.        Container Product Importers: Enterprises or institutions that import container products.

3.        Container Manufacturers: Enterprises or institutions that manufacture containers

4.        Container Importers: Enterprises or institutions that import containers


Container product refers to a product that can be filled with something inside.



5.2 General Waste Recycling Items for Enforcement Authority

(On the Basis of Article 5 Paragraphs 6 of the Waste Disposal Act)


Followings are general wastes that shall be recycled by enforcement authority:

A.       These articles are defined as regulated recyclable waste in Article 18 Paragraph 1 of the Waste Disposal act. However, lubricants are not included here.

B.        The following items are general waste recycling items that do not fall within the scope of the preceding subparagraph:

1. Paper

2. Iron

3. Aluminum

4. Glasse

5. Plastic (excluding plastic bags)

(1) Polyethylene terephthalate (PET)

(2) Polyethylene (PE)

(3) Polyvinyl chloride (PVC)

(4) Polypropylene (PP)

(5) Polystyrene (PS)

C.       Disks

Portable phones and its chargers (including charging dock and portable charger)