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* The first food waste recycling area in Taiwan: Taichung Citys Yu Le Garden 2009/11/1
The opening of Taiwans first food waste recycling area, named Yu Le Garden (in Chinese, this names pronunciation sounds like Happy Land), was held at 10 a.m. on Oct. 24. During the opening ceremony, well-known Chinese calligrapher Ming-Shan Chien created one of his works on the spot, including the areas name and signatures from Jason Hu, Mayor of Taichung City; Jyh-Hong Lin, Deputy Director of the Bureau of Environmental Inspection of the Environmental Protection Administration, Executive Yuan; and Kuei-Hsin Mu, Director of the Bureau of Environmental Protection of Taichung City . This calligraphy piece is currently on display at the Recycling Exhibition Hall. 
Mayor Hu noted in his opening remarks a 56.2% reduction in trash per household between January and September this year and the recycling rates five-times increase to 43.5% since 1999, when it was only 8.9%. Enormous amounts of food waste are created by food-loving local residents, and this multi-functional food waste area, the first of its kind in the nation, will further improve the garbage situation and help solve the citys food waste problems. 
Analyzing garbage over the past five years, Deputy Director Executive Lin noted a 37.4% reduction in food waste, from 2,163,401 tons to 1,354,238 tons, while the recycling rate has gone up from 19.7% to 43.2% nationwide. This is testimony to public cooperation with and successful results from environmental protection instutional policies for mandatory garbage sorting and recycling. In particular, Taichung Citys efficiency in recycling food waste has gained a good reputation among other cities in Taiwan. The new garden is especially worth visiting because of its unprecedented food-waste fodder factory and manure area.  
To name the new facility, an online competition was held by the Taichung City of Bureau of Environmental Protection and resulted in suggestions such as Food Waste GO (from Ms. Yu, Yueh-E), Yu Le Quan(Ms. Hsu, Ching-Hua), Scraps Mine 500(from Ms. Liu, Ni-Jung), Prospect Garden(Mr. Lin, Tong-Fa) and Chu Liuxiang(Mr. Li, Chin-Hao). The opening ceremony started with a God of Fortune Blessing Dance, followed by Mayor Hus announcement of the creative winning name, Yu Le Quan, offered by Ms. Hsu, an accountant form Taipei. 
Wen Shan Elementary School students also performed a lion dance at the opening. Stamps and envelopes with pictures of the Zhuang-Yuan Chicken (Bureau of Environmental Protections own brand of chicken feed with fodder created from food waste) were handed out; a temporary post office and a DIY gardening area were set up and special food waste area promotional stamps and materials were also given out. 
Many people from the Recycling Tour attended the opening ceremony for special introductory tours of the new area. A sketching competition was also held for children, while painting activities on the outer walls of the manure area provided opportunities for artistic expression by junior high school, senior high school and university students. 
(Published on Compass in Nov. 2009 and translated by Naomi Lai)
The first food waste recycling area in Taiwan: Taichung Citys Yu Le Garden
The first food waste recycling area in Taiwan: Taichung Citys Yu Le Garden