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390,000 PET bottles collected from Universiade Athletes' Village

Linkou sports village yields 390,000 PET bottles for recycling

390,000 PET bottles collected from Universiade  Athletes' Village

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TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Volunteers from the Buddhist Compassion Relief Tzu Chi Foundation organized for 390,000 PET bottles to be collected for recycling from the Taipei 2017 Summer Universiade Athletes' Village.

Some 2,000 volunteers worked together to collect the plastic bottles from the Athletes' Village in Linkou for recycling which can be used for making textiles and other form of products.

The polyethylene terephthalate or PET bottles when recycled can reduce about 25 tons of carbon dioxide emission, which is crucial to combat climate change.

It was during the 2017 Taipei Summer Universiade that occurred from August 19-30 that these bottles were collected on a daily basis. The almost 10,000 athletes and workers at the village used up to 17,000 plastic bottles a day on average, according to Liu Chuan-dung (劉傳棟), a volunteer leader from the religious organization that arranged for the effort.

Liu also mentioned that all the volunteers collected the used plastic bottles everyday and took them to the recycling facility in greater Taipei area and Taoyuan and by the end of the Universiade they had collected a total of 390,000 bottles from the village.