Taiwan’s E-Waste Recycling

Taiwan’s progress achieved in e-waste recycling reflects a documentary, which was jointly produced by the National Geographic Channel and the Taiwanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA).

Since its debut in October last year, the film has been shown in more than 40 countries, Taiwan Today reported.

According to the information, the documentary titled “Megastructures: Urban Mine” highlights the state-of-the-art facility of Super Dragon Technology Co. Ltd. (SDTI) in northern Taiwan’s Taoyuan City (www.sdti.com.tw/en/about-sdti/company-profile.html). Built by using reclaimed materials and jointly developed with Taipei city-based Miniwiz Sustainable Energy Development Co. Ltd. (www.miniwiz.com/miniwiz/en/projects/archi/sdti-waste-recycling-facility), the facility is said to be able to recycle 99 percent of all e-waste, extracting such precious metals as gold, platinum and silver in the process.

At a conference in Taipei City in November 2015, MOFA Vice Minister Vanessa Shih said the program will help the audiences to have a better understanding of the achievements and contributions of Taiwan’s public and private sectors in combating climate change. “While Taiwan is not a member of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, the country has never been absent from the global effort to tackle this severe challenge,” she was quoted.

Related government measures in this regard included the promulgation in July of the Greenhouse Gas Emission Reduction and Management Act, with Taiwan being one of the few countries in the world to adopt such legislation, the Vice Minister said. In addition, in its intended Nationally Determined Contribution unveiled in September, the government pledged to reduce its 2030 emissions by 50 percent from the business-as-usual scenario to 214 million tons, or 20 percent lower than the 2005 level.

Information about “Megastructures” http://natgeotv.com/me/megastructures

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