Tzu Chi Foundation
In August 1990, while the crowd was applauding heartily at the end of a lecture
delivered by Master Cheng Yen at Central Taiwan, the Master urged the
supporters to use their clapping hands to put environmental protection into action
so as to keep the planet unpolluted and actualize a cycle of “turning garbage into
gold and gold into love” (earnings from the recycling activities are used for charity
The call drew numerous supports and gradually developed into a genuine grassroots
force in Taiwan – the Foundation now operates more than 4500 recycling stations
across the island, steadily staffed by over 60,000 recycling volunteers. However,
the effort does not stop there, addressing the increased natural calamities, the
Master continues to urge the need to curb excessive consumerism and cease the
exploitation of natural resources, emphasizing that only a simple, frugal lifestyle
can possibly help mankind coexist with the Earth.
In an effort to facilitate communal recycling, Tzu Chi Foundation in Singapore has set
up 26 community recycling points. During the monthly recycling day, which is on
every second Sunday of the month,Tzu Chi volunteers would go around the
neighbourhoods to invite residents to deliver their recyclable items to the recycling
points. Poster boards are also erected at the respective points to increase public
awareness about environmental-friendly living; residents are often encouraged to
try their hands at the sorting of the recyclable items too.
● PET plastic bottles can be recycled to
make sleeping bags, winter coats,
stuffing for stuffed toys, zippers, binding
bands, industrial plastics, heat sealable
films, and many other things.
● Recycling plastic is better than producing
new plastic because the process
requires 50 percent less energy.
How are PET bottles turned into
● The fabrics produced from recycled bottles are similar but not identical
to regular polyester fabrics. The fibers, instead of being derived directly
from petroleum byproducts, are extracted from recycled PET bottles, a
much more environmentally friendly process.
● The production process begins with collecting used bottles. The bottles
then have to be cleaned and color sorted before being processed into
flaky scraps and eventually yarn.
● Only the plastic bottle itself can be reused in fabric manufacturing,
meaning that bottle caps and labels have to be removed in advance.
● The manufacturing process of recycled PET fabrics reduces the carbon
footprint by an estimated 75% compared with conventional processes.
● We would also like to enhance some of the positives we already find in
our PET fabrics, such as fast drying, odor control and UV-protection.”
● Almost every type of polyester fabric that you find in the market today
can be made from recycled bottles.
Importance of recycling in
● Taiwan is famous for its effort in garbage recycling, which has become such a good
international precedent that other countries have sent teams to study the recycling
● Production values and employment opportunities from recycling are not only a
major focus of Taiwan’s Congress, but also the major goal of recycling policies for
the Environmental Protection Administration. After the EPA established a program
in 1998 combining the efforts of communities, a financial resource named the
Recycling Fund was made available to recycling companies and waste collectors.
Household solid waste recycling has then been a major policy of the Taiwan.
● According to the official statistical analysis, the total household waste generated in
Taiwan in 1999 was 8.88 million tons with an average 1.082 kg daily waste
produced per person. In a small island with limited land, resources, and a high
population density, such a high volume of waste generation has caused serious
● Spurred by the lack of landfill sites and the increasing cost of waste disposal, the
reduction of the volume of waste disposal has become an important goal of public
policy while recycling of solid waste has become an increasingly urgent issue in
● Therefore, household solid waste recycling has become the major policy of Taiwan
• Reduces the amount of waste sent to landfills
• Conserves natural resources such as timber,
water, and minerals.
• Prevents pollution caused by reducing the need
to collect new raw materials;
• Saves energy.
• Reduces greenhouse gas emissions that
contribute to global climate changes.
• Helps sustain the environment for future
● Recycling plants themselves can produce a large
amount of pollution through the toxins that are released
in some recycling processes.
● Each recyclable material has its own way of being
recycled, some creating a great deal of pollution while
others cause almost no problems at all.
● Another disadvantage of recycling is that each material
will need to have its own special machinery and
chemicals in order to be properly recycled.
● All of these things together can consume a large
amount of electricity, causing energy companies to
consume more natural resources while emitting harmful
Why do we need sorting?
● recycled material must be sorted because
some materials, such as PVC, contains some
additives that cannot be recycled.
● helps to retain the high quality of the materials
and makes sure they don't get contaminated
and need to be disposed of as garbage.
● it saves money because transporting, sorting
and disposing of items are not recyclable all
adds up to extra costs.
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