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EPA proposes land reclamation plan

EPA proposes land reclamation plan

Taipei, Jan. 9 (CNA) The Environmental Protection Administration (EPA) on Monday proposed a new land reclamation project that will make use of solid waste and garbage and hopes to help solve Taiwan's shortage of garbage dump sites. The land reclamation plan will increase the country's coastline and ease pressure on local garbage dumps, which are inadequate and nearly filled to capacity, causing rampant illegal dumping, Environmental Minister Stephen Shen said during a meeting Monday. According to the EPA, Taiwan generates between 3.8 million and 7 million cubic meters of waste to be dumped in landfills each year, which will become an issue when the dump sites are saturated in a few years. The EPA said its proposal, to be first tried at seaports, intends to draw on the experience of Japan and Singapore in using waste to reclaim land and increase coastlines. Taiwan has four international harbors -- Keelung, Taichung, Kaohsiung and Hualien -- and four subordinate seaports, namely Taipei Harbor, Suao Harbor, Anping Harbor and Yungan LNG Seaport. At the meeting, representatives from Taipei Harbor suggested that the harbor be allowed to accept treated, physically- and chemically-stable waste from the private sector to help solve the dumping issue and facilitate the seaport's land reclamation. New Taipei officials suggested that incinerator bottom ash -- in addition to being recycled for commercial purposes -- be used as one of the materials to reclaim land. Aside from the technical details of how land will be reclaimed, the EPA indicated that such a project would require the approval of the Executive Yuan first before it can be carried out. (By Hsu Chih-wei and Deborah Kuo)


Updated : 2021-05-18 17:11 GMT+08:00