Monday, September 13, 2010

Recycled Plastic

I read an interesting news report in Singapore’s The Straits TImes about recycled plastic. The Taiwanese are turning used and discarded plastic bottles into many products such as garments, flower pots, wigs and zippers', according to Ma Nien-ho, a spokesman for the administration's recycling fund management board. Taiwan is breathing new life into its massive plastics waste and creating a booming new business at the same time as it aims to go green. In fact, this ‘eco-fabric’ was used by local companies to make the jerseys for nine teams competing in this year’s South Africa-hosted World Cup.

The island started recycling plastic more than a decade ago amid growing environmental concerns, and today it boasts about 73 per cent recycling rates, according to the cabinet's Environmental Protection Administration. Last year, nearly 180,000 tons of used plastic were collected and turned into raw materials worth 4.5 billion Taiwan dollars (S$187.5 million), which cut down garbage disposal costs and carbon dioxide emissions, it said (Webpage, posted September 12, 2010).

Lackluster Liverpool had keeper Pepe Reina's heroics to thank for salvaging them a point against a determined Birmingham side. Reina pulled off superb reaction saves to keep out firm headers from Cameron Jerome and Craig Gardner as the lethargic Reds struggled. Sigh.

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