March 8, 1994
Dear Ms. Jones,
This is a letter of inquiry from the Waste Exchange Information Center (WEIC)
in Taiwan. Information request Could you
provide us with legislation/strategy information regarding environmental
protection in the areas of waste minimization, life cycle asessment, cleaner
product technology, and polluter pays policies?
Organizational background and current activities
WEIC is a non-governmental, non-profit organization subsection of Union
Chemical Laboratories (UCL). UCL is a subsidiary of the Industrial
Technology Research Institute, Hsinchu, Taiwan. We are currently involved
with a long-term project entitled "Industrial Waste Minimization Information
Service," which has been sponsored by the Industrial Development Bureau
(IDB) for more than three years. The goal of this long-term project is to
provide relevant information on industrial waste minimization procedures. Our
major work includes the publication of a waste minimization bimonthly
magazine, the facilitation of waste exchange/reuse, and the dissemination of
commercialized waste minimization technologies. Experimental results
generated from this project have already been most helpful in alleviating some
of Taiwan's waste management problems.
Background information for technology development
in your organizationRapid economic growth in Taiwan has annually
brought on more than seven million tons of municipal waste and thirty million
tons of industrial waste. Because such large quantities pose a threat to
Taiwan's people and environment, government, industry, research and
technology organizations have begun to focus their attention on waste
treatment sustainable product technology. Much effort has already gone into
the research and implementation of life cycle assessment, cleaner product
technologies, and 'polluter pays' policies.
Priority of information exchange relationship We recognize that the
continued success of our efforts will hinge on our willingness to share and
exchange information with other, similar organizations. Enclosed please find
an introductory document that provides insight into WEIC, Taiwan.
Information requestI hope you will be able to
provide us with legislation/strategy information regarding envrionmental
protection in the areas of waste minimization, life cycle assessment, cleaner
product technology, and polluter pays policy.
Cooperative ties between your two organizations We anticipate
technology exchange between our organizations, which might include visits,
symposiums, technology consultation and transfer, or any other activities you
Thank you for your consideration. I look forward to our future cooperative efforts.