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 categorized 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.
In 2021, Tatung generated 2,944.78 tons of industrial wastes, of which 2,937.31 tons were general industrial wastes and 7.47 tons were hazardous industrial wastes. Compared with the amount of wastes in 2020, the amount was increased by 14.66% and failed to meet the target (5% reduction each year). The reason is that San-Hsia Factory updated production equipment, lighting equipment and iron beds in the dormitory, and hence removed a large number of iron pipes, equipment and iron frames. We will continue to work hard to reduce the amount of wastes in the future. The factories also have been working hard to recycle and/or reuse the wastes in order to minimize the impact to the environment. 2,226.04 tons of wastes were reused (75.59% of total wastes) in 2021.

▲ Waste clean up and treatment steps

▲ Amount of industrial wastes

▲ Waste reuse percentages

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 2021, the average recycling rate for electric/electronic and information devices was 74.94%. In addition to paying fees, Tatung proactively informs consumers of the recycling information of large home appliances on sales and online shopping sites, and provides consumers with recycling services for large home appliances, waste batteries and CD disc at Tatung 3C stores to ensure that waste products enter legal recycling system to avoid damage to the environment.
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.