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* New Environmental Measures for 2013 2013/3/5
 
With the arrival of the new year, the EPA instigated four new measures that will directly benefit the public. These include a reduction in the fee charged for recycling unwanted household appliances. The measures came into effect on 1 January 2013. 
In order to ensure the financial stability of the Recycling Fund by maintaining the balance between income and expenditure, the EPA has announced a reduction in the fees collected for recycling refrigerators and other domestic appliances. The adjustments are also made in response to fluctuations in international commodity prices in recent years, and are intended to encourage more eco-friendly designs for appliances. Subsidies for purchases of some types of electric vehicles have also been extended to two years in order to encourage the development of electric vehicle battery swapping systems. The raft of new measures also includes a stipulation on enterprises that employ sealing testing, soil vapor monitoring, groundwater monitoring, or interstitial monitoring, that they must carry out their own monitoring every month along with a certified testing agency. The EPA also began nationwide testing for fine suspended particulate matter (PM2.5) using manual sampling measures, beginning 1 January 2013..(Published on EPA web)  
 
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Recycling fees for household appliances lowered starting 1 January 2013 
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The EPA announced a reduction in the fees collected for recycling refrigerators and other household appliances, and special rates for green appliances. The new rates took effect on 1 January. Details of the adjustments can be obtained on the EPA Web site: http://ivy5.epa.gov.tw/epalaw/index.aspx. From 1 January, enterprises that manufacture or import electrical/electronic appliances will pay recycling fees calculated according to both the new fee scales and volumes of appliances sold. The measure is intended to promote the recycling of waste appliances. Details of the new regime can be had by calling the Recycling hotline at 0800-085717 or from the EPA Web site: http://recycle.epa.gov.tw. 
Department in charge 
Recycling Fund Management Board 
Tel. 02-2370-5888 
ext. 3406 
   
 
 
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