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New rules in New Taipei require hazardous items to be disposed of safely

New rules in New Taipei require hazardous items to be disposed of safely

2024-02-07

New rules have come into force in New Taipei, requiring hazardous items to be disposed of in clear, individual containers, to prevent accidents during waste collection. The rules are a result of recent fires in garbage trucks, and numerous injuries suffered by waste collectors. The hazardous items that you need to watch out for include plastic bags, glass, batteries, and gas canisters. A grace period in which New Taipei residents can learn the new rules will end in April.

Refuse collectors are at work when flames leap from their refuse truck. A lithium battery had caught fire, and someone had thrown a gas canister into the truck. The conflagration left two refuse collectors with burns. In October, New Taipei took steps to prevent such incidents from recurring, announcing that seven types of recyclables must be collected separately. Hazardous items must not be thrown in with ordinary garbage.

Kuo Shu-ping
New Taipei Environmental Protection Administration
In recent years, we’ve noticed many people putting hazardous items together with paper, plastic bottles and cans, in bags or boxes, and handing them straight to our garbage collectors. As we collect such items, there have been numerous incidents where, for example, our employees have cut their hands while sorting the items. We’ve even had explosions of batteries or gas bottles, causing damage to our vehicles and conflagrations.

These are the items to watch out for: clean plastic bags, Styrofoam boxes, glass containers, light sources, dry cells, mobile power banks, lead-acid batteries, and flammable items like lighters, gas canisters or car cigarette lighters. Not only must these items be recycled separately, but they must be appropriately packed in bags or boxes if in large numbers.

Kuo Shu-ping
New Taipei Environmental Protection Administration
The rules came into effect last October. Of course, there is a grace period, which is six months long. But from April onward, if someone fails to recycle those seven types of items separately, and hand them to our refuse collectors, they can be fined a maximum of NT$6,000 according to the Waste Disposal Act.

Next time you need to get rid of these kinds of items, make sure to pack them in a transparent bag, an open eco-friendly bag, or a cardboard box. That allows waste collectors to identify the items in a timely manner, and will prevent your items from causing an accident.

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七大類回收物要用透明可辨識袋子 新北4月起開罰

2024-02-07

新北市的民眾,丟垃圾得要注意了,有危險性質的回收物,千萬不要跟其他物品混合。過去幾年,已經多次發生清潔隊員收垃圾,被玻璃割傷,甚至有瓦斯罐爆炸,造成燒燙傷,因此,新北市環保局公告「七大類資源回收物」,必須分開回收,而且要用透明袋子裝,方便清潔隊辨識內容物,四月開始實施。

清潔隊員值勤中,垃圾車突然爆炸起火,事後查出,是鋰電池燒起來。還有民眾把瓦斯罐丟進垃圾車,造成兩名清潔員燒燙傷。為避免類似案件,新北市去年10月公告七大類資源回收物必須分開回收,尤其是危險物品,千萬不要混在一般垃圾裡面。

[[新北市環保局專門委員 郭淑萍]]
“因為近幾年來,發現很多民眾會把這些危險物品,跟一些像是紙類的,或者塑膠瓶罐一起,可能是袋子或箱子裝,然後就直接給我們清潔隊回收,那在收運過程當中,我們已經有發生好幾起,就是在過程當中,譬如說我們清潔隊,收運分類的時候去割到手,或甚至因為電池或是瓦斯瓶的爆炸,導致我們車輛受損,發生火災。”

這七大類回收物品,包括乾淨的塑膠袋、包裝用的保麗龍盒,還有玻璃容器、照明光源,另外還有乾電池、行動電源,以及鉛蓄電池,再來就是易燃物品,打火機、瓦斯罐、點菸器等等。不只要將這些物品獨立回收,如果數量多,還要用袋子或箱子妥善裝好。

[[新北市環保局專門委員 郭淑萍]]
“去年十月正式生效,那當然有一個緩衝期給民眾,所以我們緩衝期是六個月,今年四月開始,如果民眾沒有將這七大回收物去分開、單獨交給我們清潔隊來做一個回收的話,那我們會依違反廢棄物清理法,最重會罰他六千塊。”

下回丟這七大類回收物,一定要用透明的袋子,或是開放式的環保袋、紙箱來裝,足夠讓清潔隊員辨識物品,避免引發災害。

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