Amount of waste and treatment methods

Tatung's waste reduction concept is mostly from product design and manufacturing process improvement to reduce the amount of industrial wastes. The wastes are properly classified and stored in accordance to the relevant regulations, and eventually commissioned by domestic qualified treatment companies or reuse companies. Tatung audits the commissioned companies from time to time to ensure that the wastes are properly cleaned up or reused.

▲ Waste clean up and treatment flowchart

In 2019, Tatung generated 3,298.41 tons of industrial wastes, of which 3,241.57 tons were general industrial wastes and 56.85 tons were hazardous industrial wastes. Compared with the amount of wastes in 2018, the amount has increased by 15.21% hence the target (5% reduction by year) was not achieved. The main increase in waste was scrap iron. The reasons were that we demolished part of iron made factory structure in order to obtain land for install Rotor Concentrator (air pollution treatment facility), we updated the exhaust and sampling platform of the existed RTO facility, and we demolished 4 elevators. We will continue to work hard to reduce the amount of wastes in the future.

▲ Amount of industrial wastes

▲ Waste reuse status

Product and package recycling at the end of life

As for the recycle on the wasted products, Tatung takes great attention on this issue. Tatung pays "Recycling and Cleaning Fee" to the government agency (Recycling Fund Management Board) to carry out countrywide waste recycling affairs. Based on the statistics in 2019, the average recycling rate for electric/electronic and information devices was 64.07%.
In addition, as a corporate who has its own retailing system, Tatung works together with TCPC to set up battery and CD disk recycling box at each Tatung 3C Store to recycle consumers' wasted batteries and CD disk, as well as consumers' large wasted house appliances upon request when purchasing. By doing this, the wastes can be fully recycled under the control of regulation and avoided damage to the environment. Tatung also works hard to use more recyclable materials through design and manufacturing stages and actively to apply for Green Mark.
In regarding to the packaging materials of household appliances and consumer products, Tatung believes that the packaging materials are well recycled. The reason behind this is the recycling channels in Taiwan are well established and citizens are highly educated and aware to do recycle in their households. For packaging materials (mainly wood/iron pallets or axles) used on large industrial products such as cables, transformers, power generators, motors, they are recycled and reused on daily operations.