To make traders of consumer electronics and home appliances fully understand the reporting processes and operating standards for "4 waste electronic appliances," the Environmental Protection Bureau (EPB) will hold an advocacy briefing on April 23 and April 30, respectively. The EPB also urges consumers to get the "recycling and disposal receipts” when they are handling the 4 waste electronic appliances,” including televisions, refrigerators, washing machines and air-conditioning machines, so as to help the government to perform better follow-up management.
EPB Director-general Hung Cheng-chung (洪正中) said, “It has been required since July 1, 2011 that the traders, when delivering new products of any of the 4 electronic appliances (namely televisions, refrigerators, washing machines and air-conditioning machines) to consumers, must take back the obsolete item(s) free of charge. However, the free services do not include handling, demolition, and construction. Traders cannot refuse collection of waste items for any reason.”
The EPB also urges people buying new electronic appliances to replace their old ones to ask for the 3rd slip of the “recycling and disposal receipts” from the traders. “Log in the website of Resource Recovery Fund Management Committee of Environmental Protection Administration at http://recycle.epb.taichung.gov.tw/english/ and then key in the number on your 3rd slip of the recycling and disposal receipts, you will be qualified to take part in the raffle draw to be held on September 15,” said the EPB. “If you do not buy a new item from the 4 electronic appliances but you have obsolete home appliances to recycle, please call to make an appointment with the EPB cleaning team in your District and the cleaners will help remove your waste items.”
The regulatory advocacy briefings will be respectively held at the Historical Taichung Prefecture Hall and Yangming Joint Service Centre at 14:00 on April 23 and April 30. Traders and anyone interested are welcome to take part. For more information, please visit our website (http://recycle.epb.taichung.gov.tw/english/) or call our hotline: 04-22294025.