Community Action Propels the Taiwanese Government Towards Zero Waste

By Cecilia Allen and the Global Alliance for Incinerator Alternatives

In the 1980s, the island of Taiwan was facing a massive waste crisis due to a lack of space to expand its landfill capacity. When the government proposed large-scale incineration, fierce opposition from the community not only stopped the construction of dozens of burners, but also drove the government to adopt goals and programs for waste prevention and recycling that were so effective that the volume of waste decreased significantly, even while both population and gross domestic product increased.

By Cecilia Allen and the Global Alliance for Incinerator Alternatives


A garbage collector in Taipei separates bones from recyclable kitchen waste. (photo: Allianz SE )

 

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