From 1 July 2023 the EPA will grant a discount of 15% on recycling fees for certain products, in order to encourage enterprises responsible for manufacturing electronics and electronic products to incorporate material recycling and reuse into their product designs. These products include televisions, air conditioners, heaters, washing machines, refrigerators and electric fans, as well as electronics such as portable computers, desktop computers, monitors, printers and keyboards. Under this policy, responsible enterprises that incorporate at least 25% recycled plastic materials in their products, as verified through a review process by the EPA, will be eligible for a 15% discount on the recycling fee.
In response to the key strategic action plan Resource Circulation with Zero Waste, which is part of the transition toward net-zero emissions, the EPA has set its initial plan targeting plastic recycling. Enterprises whose electronic and electric products contain 25% or more recycled plastics will enjoy the discounted green rate of recycling and disposal fees. This initiative aims to encourage manufacture or importation of electronic products with recycled materials, promote resource circulation and ensure the benefits of a secondary material economy. After implementing the policy for two years, the EPA will assess its progress and propose subsequent measures accordingly. Furthermore, existing products certified with the Green Mark will continue to enjoy a 5% discount on the recycling fees.
The EPA reminds responsible enterprises that, starting from 1 July 2023, they are eligible to report and pay the discounted recycling, clearance, and disposal fees for manufacture and importation of electronic and electric appliances and other articles of responsibility that meet the above-mentioned qualifications. Should there be any inquiries or issues regarding fee declaration and payment, it is advised to visit the Resource Recycling website (http://recycle.moenv.gov.tw).
Excerpt from Major Environmental Policies, April 2023
- Ministry of Environment