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EPA pushes for reduced 3C product packaging
Central News Agency
2013-02-02 09:40 PM
Taipei, Feb. 2 (CNA) The Environmental Protection Administration (EPA) said Saturday that producers of domestic 3C products such as computers, communications items and consumer electronics, as well as food retailers and manufacturers, have signed an agreement to reduce packaging, which it said will reduce waste by 1,100 metric tons in a year. Wu Tien-chi, head of the EPA's Department of Waste Management, said that 3C manufacturers, including Chunghwa Picture Tubes Ltd., AU Optronics Corp., Innolux Corp., BenQ Corp, ASUStek Computer Inc. and BriView Corp., as well as several food companies and design firm Siang Sin Industrial Co., have signed the agreement with the EPA. The agreement, encompassing a total of 14 products, "will cut wrapping waste by 1,100 metric tons in a year," Wu said. The companies voluntarily joined the packaging reduction campaign out of "consideration of environmental protection and improving the economy," he said. The EPA has promoted a campaign to reduce excessive packaging since 2006, seeking a reduction in wrapping materials for common items such as cake, liquor, cosmetics and processed food gift boxes, as well as cds and dvds, and has reduced 7,300 metric tons of wrapping materials a year. Wu said that from 2010, the ministry has signed reduction agreements with flat panel, notebook computer, wrapping design and daily necessity manufacturers, reducing 6,730 metric tons of wrapping matierials, Wu said. In a continuation of the campaign, the EPA has expanded it to agricultural products, food retailers, processed food and design companies. (By Zoe Wei and Lilian Wu)
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