Over the years, tightening anti-air pollution regulations have made it more and more expensive to recycle tires, and now used tires are building up in tire stores across Taiwan, because no recyclers are willing to take them anymore.
In the past, old tyres could be given to recycling companies for NT$5-10 per tyre. Due to the rise of incinerator air pollution standards, the ways for dealing with old tyres are limited and many recycling companies are unwilling to take them, leaving stacks of old tyres around and people unwilling to take them on even for a fee.
==MR. YANG Tire Recycling Company Owner==
The price (of used tires) has been dwindling since last year and so less and less people took them. This year, no one is taking them at all.
Yunlin County Environmental Protection Bureau said it has collected around 95,000 kilos of old tyres and each township and village administrative office has around 60,000 kilos, car maintenance facilities have around 30,000 kilos; and as this year air incinerator pollution standards have risen, industries which handle them cannot cover their costs, resulting in the stacking up of large quantities.
==CHANG CHIAO-WEI Environment Protection Deputy Director, Yunlin County Government==
Because no one is taking the tires, there has been a buildup. We will talk to more recycling companies and see if anyone would come and help us clean up.
==CLEANING SQUAD CHIEF Erlun Township, Yunlin County==
Recycling companies don't know where to sell all those tires, so they simply stop taking them. However, the law mandates that the cleaning squad continues to take used tires, hence the buildup. They have nowhere to go.
The EPB said the EPA gave subsidies to companies dealing with old tyres, but the country was not equipped to deal with such a large quantity. The recycling industry could not accept them for treatment and the profit from dealing with them was slight, so they were only regarded as waste. It proposed that the central government give more subsidies or assist the industry in creating measures for the export of old tyres.
TRANSLATED BY：CLARE LEAR
記者 王威雄 雲林報導
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