8. Future Prospects


Chinese people are an ethnic group that cherishes our well-being and loves things on earth. People in Taiwan have built an awareness and habits for reusing products repeatedly and recycling reusable resources. With the progress of time, continuous development of our technology and emphasis on a division of labor, our recycling system also evolved from the early days’ unorganized waste pickers to a systematized management, a commercialized operation, and a government conducted and operated system after continuous improvements. To implement the 4-in-1 recycling program and mandatory waste sorting projects, the government has brought together the strengths of community public, recycling enterprises, cleaning teams and the recycling fund charge and subsidy system managed by the Recycling Fund Management Committee. This has created a fruitful result that amazes the world and has made Taiwan an international resource recycling models.


Although the results were already fruitful, based on EPA investigations, more than 60% of collected general waste are in fact recyclable waste and can be further recycled and reused. On the other hand, it is also an objective to have the recycling fund further support the manufacturing industry to reduce the use of resources from the origin, to promote clean production, to support recycling industries and to promote recycling technology in order to increase the usage and value of renewable products. It is expected that, based on the current foundation and with the spirit of “resources but not wastes”, it will be able to reach the ultimate goal of having a sustainable future. Following are the future tasks to be implemented:


1.          Maintaining a balance of the recycling fund to ensure a safe operation mechanism.

2.          Promoting the image of waste disposal enterprises to gain public acceptance of the establishment of recycling and disposal factories.

3.          Strengthening pollution prevention and management to ensure zero pollution from operations and derivative wastes.

4.          Encouraging enterprises to proactively participate in resource recycling, supporting them to solve land issues for establishing factories, and providing them adequate economic incentives.

5.          Refining the recycling and disposal category to promote the quality of renewable products with a high added-value.

6.          Developing resource recycling technology to, with a differentiated rate, encourage green production and reduction of using recyclable resources from the origin, and to promote the collection rate of hazardous substances and the reuse rate of renewable resources.

7.          Cultivating resource recycling professionals to extend the range of educational participation.

8.          Establishing a resource exchange platform to facilitate the reuse channels of reprocessed materials and renewable materials.

9.          Expanding international cooperation and participation, acquiring the advanced disposal technology from overseas, and promoting our experiences in establishing the recycling system.


There is only one Earth and our resources will eventually be exhausted. Wastes are in fact mispositioned resources. With the progress of our technology and a promotion of economic development, recyclable and reprocessed wastes that did not provide economic benefits will become useful resources in the future. A sustainable source of resources and a sustainably protected environment are the ultimate targets of our efforts in resource recycling.