ABSTRACT Household solid waste recycling has been a major policy of the Taiwan Environmental Protection Administration. 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 EPA. In this study, production values and employment opportunities induced by household solid waste recycling were estimated from a sampling survey. The estimated
production values in 1998 were NT$26.9 (USD$0.27) billion from collection/sorting business and NT$44.6 (USD$1.27) billion from the recycling industry. Total estimated added value was approximately NT$35 (USD$1) billion, of which NT$15.5 (USD$0.44) billion was from the
collection/sorting business and $19.5 (USD$0.56) billion was from recycling. The collection/sorting business represents about 0.28% of gross domestic product (GDP) in the service sector, and the recycling industry represents about 0.8% of GDP in manufacturing sector in 1998. The combined employment was 189,551, of which 182,538 was collection/sorting business (3.69% of service jobs) and 7,013 positions (0.27% manufacturing jobs) in 1998.
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