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New Milestone for TYDEP Rated “Excellence” at Incineration Plants and Bottom Ash Recycling National Evaluation

Good news from Taoyuan again! Taoyuan City was rated “excellence” at the national evaluation for both incineration plant and bottom ash recycling. At the prize presentation ceremony on the 7th, Director-General Li-Te Lu of the Taoyuan Department of Environmental Protection (TYDEP) told the press that last year’s merits of the Taoyuan’s incineration plant included up to 241,609 accident-free work hours, being top of 24 incineration plants in Taiwan in power generation volume and power sales rate, and being rated “excellence” for three consecutive years. To enforce the circular economy, the Taoyuan City Government (TYCG) actively promotes the use of recycled concrete aggregate (RCA) in public construction projects. Through the “Circular Economy Management Platform”, the TYDEP can effectively control, monitor, and trace the use of recycled materials in Taoyuan. From the beginning of the RCA promotion, a total of about 120,000MT of RCA have been used until last year, with excellent results.

Incineration plant monitoring and management have always been the focus of the TYDEP. Every year, the TYDEP hires experts and scholars to perform incineration plant self-audits and occupational safety and health and fire safety audits; enforces facility management and occupational safety and health management; implements self-improvement, and optimization of operating parameters of pollution control equipment to maintain availability over 90%. The TYDEP also spares no efforts in improving the operations and management of reciprocal facilities of the incineration plant, thus winning the “Taoyuan City Gold Medal Water Quality Certification Mark” in the rating.

To practice the circular economy, the TYCG actively promotes the use of RCA made with incinerator bottom ash (IBA) in public construction projects. The IBA is transported to the Guanyin Bottom Ash Processing Plant for recycling before producing RCA based on the characteristics of pavement. Apart from ensuring that the entire process complies with all applicable laws and regulations, the TYDEP also takes actions to strictly control RCA uses. In Taoyuan City, 500kg of RCA must be used in each cubic meter of controlled low strength materials (CLSM) for excavation projects over 50m or sidewalk bricks to significantly enhance the IBA recycling and consumption rates. In 2019, IBA consumption was about 50,000MT. All were used in public construction projects in Taoyuan City, thus rated “excellence” in the national evaluation for the “Waste Incineration Plant Incinerator Bottom Ash Recycling Audit Program” in 2019.

According to TYDEP Director Lu, a full production record, including flow tracking, is maintained for IBA recycling and RCA production management in Taoyuan City. In addition, QC inspection is performed according to all items in the level 3 QC of the Environmental Protection Administration (EPA) to ensure legal compliance and safety of RCA production and use. The IBA used in Taoyuan has been ranked band 1 across the country. Currently, the TYCG actively plans the recycling of incinerator fly ash (IFA) for the total recycling of IBA and IFA to create a new milestone in environmental protection for the circular economy and sustainable common good next year.
 

 

New Milestone for TYDEP Rated “Excellence” at Incineration Plants and Bottom Ash Recycling National Evaluation

 

New Milestone for TYDEP Rated “Excellence” at Incineration Plants and Bottom Ash Recycling National Evaluation

   

New Milestone for TYDEP Rated “Excellence” at Incineration Plants and Bottom Ash Recycling National Evaluation