Taiwan’s garbage disposal system gets praise from foreign media

Because of the unique system, Taiwan’s recycling rate stands at an impressive 55 percent

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ATTN Facebook page.

ATTN Facebook page.

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) - Taiwan’s musical garbage trucks have been featured in a video clip lately, which praises the island’s effective waste disposal system.

The clip, produced by ATTN, a California-based issue-driven media company, shows how a mundane and ordinary task of taking out the trash is being done in Taiwan.

The footage started out by showing Taiwan’s music garbage trucks, like ice cream vans, “blasts music by Beethoven and other classical composers, alerting residents it’s time to take out the trash.”

Taiwan also implements what is commonly known as the "trash doesn't touch the ground" system, which requires citizens to deliver the trash directly to the trucks so the trash never touches the ground.

In an effort to encourage recycling, household garbage is disposed of in the government-certified trash bags, which costs anywhere from US$0.03 to US$ 1.4 depending on the size.

Because of the unique system, Taiwan’s recycling rate stands at an impressive 55 percent compared with 35 percent for the United States, the clip showed.

The minute-long clip posted on the company’s Facebook page has garnered over 5 million views in three days.