Renewable Matter # 22 / July-August

Tai-Pay-As-You-Throw to Lower Waste Production

by Nate Maynard

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In 18 years, Taipei’s per capita waste production has diminished by 31%, whereas recycling has passed from 2% to 57%. This is the result of the introduction of Pay-As-You-Throw schemes and programmes aimed at educating the urban population on correct methods of waste disposal. 


Walking around Taipei, Taiwan, one seldom sees trash or even trash cans. Instead you might see people washing plastic bottles, carefully sorting computer parts and families waiting for the nightly garbage trucks with blue trash bags.

This trash transformation is a recent phenomenon. In 1993, Taiwan had a trash collection rate of just 70%. Meaning that 30% of...

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