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[Circular Economy] Waste glass bottles
Kind: Event topics  Organization: Department of International Cooperation  Publish Date: 2020-05-15 10:06
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Circular economy series: Waste glass bottles

"WOW MOON" -- this does not refer to the annual Mid-Autumn Festival when the whole family gathers to gaze at the moon. This is the brand name of an environmentally friendly moon cake gift box developed by Spring Pool Glass, Taiwan's largest glass recycler, and made with recycled glass from discarded wine bottles.

In resource recycling, waste glass is among the most difficult items to recycle, but it can be recycled 100 percent in a circular economy. The International Institute for Management Development in Switzerland regards the recycling of waste glass as one of the indicators of national competitiveness, and Taiwan's glass recycling rate ranks second in the world, behind only Sweden. It is worth mentioning that a Taiwanese enterprises in Hsinchu received subsidies from the Small and Medium Business Administration of the Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA) for technology transfer and recycled waste glass into light-weight "glass energy-saving bricks" that are shockproof, soundproof, and thermally insulated. Taiwan's president hailed it as a model of Taiwan's circular economy. It won the "Presidential Innovation Award" and an international best energy efficiency award, and has been patented in the U.S. as well as has obtained Singapore TUV certification and UKAS certification. The recycled glass from bottles is used as a raw material, and the "Circular Mid-Autumn Festival, Infinite Moon Cake Invitation Moon Cup" designed in collaboration with well-known hoteliers has become a symbol of fashion, pushing Taiwan traditional industry's entry into the infinite cycle and fashion elements onto the international stage, creating another economic miracle, and driving many companies around the world to invest in the glass industry's circular economy in recent years.

The MOEA has guided Taiwanese companies to invest in research of advanced countries’ new circular economy applications and has generated many successful cases. For example, with the support of the Department of Industrial Technology's Technology Development Program and the Environmental Protection Administration’s Recycling Fund, the Institute of Industrial Technology developed the "Waste LCD Panel Recycling Treatment System,” which can assist in processing more than 1,000 tons of waste LCD panels in one year, effectively solving Taiwan's current treatment dilemma.

In addition, MOEA Vice Minister Wen-Sheng Tseng has decided to add (Chunchi Glass HMM Amber Glass) made of recycled glass as a gift for visiting foreign guests, allowing them to experience the circular economy's limitless possibilities while also providing practical support to Taiwan business in adopting circular economy initiatives.

The new business model of circular economy is not just waste recycling and reuse – more importantly it will redefine waste, redesign products and manufacturing processes, and use new technology to return resources, raw materials and waste to the industrial chain to continuously recycle in order to reduce the consumption of energy and resources and the generation of waste – this is the essence of the "circular economy" policy promoted by the Ministry of Economic Affairs.

Update: 2020-04-17
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