Environmental Protection Administration

The Brief HistoryWelcome To Hsinchu Refuse Resource Recovery Plant

The Brief History

Hsinchu Refuse Resource Recovery Plant Picture

To put waste to sufficient use, the EPA approved "The Taiwan area refuse resource recycling (incienerator) plant construction plan" on September 2, 1991. Its goal was to use incineration to deal with the growing amount of waste. In the same year, the EPA selected the Nan-Liao landfill site to construct an incineration plan. It allocated resources to design the site, and evaluated the environmental impact of the project. A famous architect, Ieoh Ming Pei, was appointed as the architect of the plant in 1992, and a contract for construction work was signed in April 1994. Construction was completed by local and foreign companies.

Nan-Liao used to be a beach. The area became a landfill site in 1973 and was closed in November 1994. The landfill occupies an area of about 30 hectares, and the incineration plant, which occupies 5.5 hectares, was built on it. Construction work on the incineration plant was carried out from April 11, 1995 to August, 2000. The plant began its operations on February 16, 2001, and it can process a total treatment capacity of 900 tons of waste from the Hsinchu, Tao-yuan, and Miao-li areas. During the incineration process, 24,000 kilowatts of electric power are generated per day. The construction of the incinerator is a landfill site in Jing-shri, and transforms heat generated by burning garbage into electronic power.

Current Situstion of Waste Treatment

The current source of waste, that gets treated at the incinerator plant in Hsinchu, is primarily combustible waste from the local area and other counties. Non-combustible waste from Hsinchu is transported directly to the landfill.

Fly ash and slag are fenerated after the incineration process. The former can be used immediately as a resource. The latter needs further processing as it contains heavy metals which may cause soil and ground water pollution. Fly ash requires a solidification procedure to allow the TCLP(e.g. Hg, Sb, Cd, Pb, Se, Dioxin) to match environmental protection standards. The strength of the solidification need to be higher than 10㎏/square-centimeter before it can be applied to the landfill.

In order to accept the slag, the surface of the landfill is fortified with a water-proof double layer of solidification to prevent leakage. A high quality of environmental protection is maintained during this procedure. The proper application of fly ash and slag help to maintain high environmental standards at the facility site.

Incineration reduces the total amount of waste. Moreover, it makes waste both more stable and cleaner without further environmental damage. Incinerating waste decreases the space we need for waste storage, keeps secondary pollution is the best means currently available to deal with massive quantities of waste.

Hsinchu Refuse Resource Recovery Plant Picture

Structure of Operation and Management

The plant is public owned but operated by private sector and the structure of the management is as following:

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