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Environmental Sanitation

  • Accompanying rises in population and standard of living, wastes are essentially the products of the modern, civilized society. With a 120 kilometer coastline, an area of over 2,000 square kilometers, and a population of 3.89 million people, as the largest county in the nation, New Taipei City currently faces the problem of producing waste in excess of environmental capacity which has the potential of having a negative effect on the quality of the environment. Therefore, the quest to effectively reduce waste production, as well as to efficiently utilize resources and manage wastes has become one of the key objectives in environmental health protection in New Taipei City.  Thus,  Environmental Sanitation Management Section is in charge of general waste disposal, environmental health management, and industrial waste management.

    I. General Waste Disposal

    Implementation of mandatory waste sorting, recycling of general waste and kitchen waste, collection of oversized waste, management and recycling of old clothing, management of waste recycling, clearance, and disposal businesses, and the supervision and management of waste disposal in rural, urban townships and cities. In accordance with the nationwide “Four-in-One Resource Recycling Program” by EPA of the Executive Yuan, EPB has implemented successive resource recycling and waste reduction programs throughout New Taipei City and supervised the “Two Days A Week Recycling Program” for local township governments. To improve the recycle rate, EPB further implemented the “Mandatory Waste Sorting Program” in 2005, and the “Zero Waste Program” in 2006 in quest of effective waste reduction and enhancement in the quality of the living environment.

    II. Environmental Health Management

    Supervision of waste reporting and cleaning programs in rural and urban townships as well as cities, protection of coastal areas and the Danshui riverbank, education on the elimination of breeding sources of dengue fever and other viruses, supervision and management of cleaning units in rural and urban townships as well as cities, and recovery work from natural disasters. Deformed or leftover lands resulting from construction projects, private property owned by multiple owners, public properties without proper planning or management and random dumping by citizens, are a program faced by the City. In addition to the clean up of garbage piles which may lead to virus outbreaks and to other negative impacts on the environment, with the aid of the public these sites can be further transformed into flower gardens to enhance living quality . The coastline in New Taipei City includes 11 coastal scenic parks, 12 seaports, and four privately or publicly owned beaches. With contributions from volunteer workers, students, organizations, military units, and local governments, EPB has administered a comprehensive coastline clean up program to return county residents a clean, comfortable, and safe coast for leisure activities.

    III. Pay As You Throw

    There are three advantages of implementing the PAYT. First, it can strengthen the person’s concept of environmental protection, increasing resource recycling rate, decreasing the volume of garbage clearance and reducing the load of environment. Second, it can implement the “polluter pays” principle. Third, because of decreasing the volume of garbage clearance, it let people save money.

    TEL: (02)2953-2111 Ext.4041 or 4054