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Councilman Pleas to Build a Big Incinerator

Councilman Pleas to Build a Big Incinerator
10/10/2017
Reporter: Jhuang Huan-Ning / County Council

Regarding the proposal of “Building a Big Incinerator to Effectively Solve the Waste Disposal Problem in Kinmen” by a councilman, the Environmental Protection Bureau replied that because Kinmen is an offshore island, building a “big incinerator” will encounter some problems, such as reduced volume of waste, difficulties to acquire land to build an incinerator, high management and operation costs, fly ash (including bottom ash), and air pollution (including waste water). Therefore, until now, it is still not possible to build big or small incinerators for waste disposal. The county government will actively apply for funding from the Environmental Protection Bureau to build local facilities to solve the problem of waste disposal in Kinmen in the future.
In the 16th extraordinary session for the 6th Kinmen County Council, Councilman Li Ying-Wun proposed “Building a Big Incinerator to Effectively Solve the Waste Disposal Problem in Kinmen”. His proposal was supported by his fellow councilmen Yang Yong-Li, Jhou Zih-Jie, and Li Cheng-Jhih. A resolution was then reached during the session that the proposal should be delivered to the County Government for further discussion.
As indicated in the proposal, the volume of waste per day in Kinmen is about 67 tons according to the Environmental Protection Bureau’s data. The daily waste in Lieyu Township is about 3 tons and is buried in local landfills. The waste in the main island of Kinmen accounts for 64 tons in which 10 tons are food waste reused for other purposes, 12 tons are bottles/cans to be recycled, 12 tons are waste buried in Kinmen, and 30 tons are shipped to Kaohsiung to be incinerated. The fee for incineration is 3,790 dollars per ton, and it may increase to 5,097 dollars per ton.
However, Kaohsiung City Government temporarily stopped to accept Kinmen’s waste from June 2017 because of the problem of reusing bottom ash. It resulted in a thousand tons of wastes piling up in Sintang Landfill in Kinmen in July. Moreover, biogas was produced and spontaneous fire occurred. This has severely influenced residents’ health. Although four cities in Taiwan agreed to help dispose of the waste before the end of October and hand it over to Kaohsiung City Government for further processing, the problem of waste disposal in Kinmen still remains unsolved.
To effectively solve the waste problem, the councilmen asked the county government to take the proposal of building an incinerator seriously because only by owning incineration facilities will the waste problem be solved permanently.
The Environmental Protection Bureau of Kinmen County Government replied that because Kinmen is an offshore island, building a “big incinerator” will encounter some problems, such as reduced volume of waste and difficulties to acquire land. In addition, building a “small incinerator” will encounter such problems as high management and operation costs, fly ash (including bottom ash), and air pollution (including waste water). Furthermore, there will be no benefits for building a small incinerator because the volume of power generated cannot be sold (reducing possibilities of investment from companies). Therefore, until now, it is still not possible to build big or small incinerators for waste disposal in Kinmen.
To effectively solve the problem of waste disposal, the Environmental Protection Administration, Executive Yuan, executed the “Diversified Waste Disposal Project” after it was approved by the Executive Yuan on June 22, 2017. A fund was allocated for offshore cities that do not have incinerators in operation to better the performance of environmental facilities (including introducing mechanical biological treatment, gasification, and anaerobic digestion facilities). The county government will also actively apply for funding to build local facilities to solve Kinmen’s problem of waste disposal in the future.
Chen Fu-Hai, County Magistrate, urges the Environmental Protection Bureau to solve Kinmen’s waste problem in the future with insightful plans and creative thinking. In addition, waste disposal is everybody’s business. Reducing waste and recycling are everyone’s responsibility. Only by reducing the volume of waste, will the pressure of solving the problem be relieved and environmental pollution be reduced.

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  • Date:2017-12-19