TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Taiwanese tech giants including Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) and Advanced Semiconductor Engineering, Inc. (ASE Group) have pledged to dramatically increase their resource recovery rates and reduce plastic waste.
The companies made the pledge at a Tuesday (April 19) news conference hosted by the Environmental Protection Administration (EPA), which launched a campaign to reduce industrial waste with a focus on the sector. electronics. The industry is one of the main generators of plastic waste, according to the APE.
TSMC, the world’s largest chipmaker, has implemented a packaging material usage guide for its suppliers and has developed more than 20 reusable products, with a plan to build a zero waste center. It achieved a resource recovery rate of 66% last year, after processing 8,000 tonnes of plastic waste, and aims to reach a target of 95% by 2025.
ASE Group, a provider of semiconductor test assembly and manufacturing services, has set up a recycling center that manages plastic waste from its factories. In 2021, the company achieved a resource recovery rate of 68% and aims to achieve full reuse in two years.
According to the EPA, domestic companies produce 240,000 tons of discarded plastics annually, 28% of which is recovered. The EPA is pushing for a 75% target for electronics and component companies, which use most types of plastics.