本次「循環經濟全球論壇」也邀請了塑膠產業分享創新做法與成功案例，包括臺灣大豐環保科技公司、美國戴爾科技公司（Dell Technology）與德國萊茵公司(TUV Rheinland)，其中大豐環保善用智慧手機鼓勵民眾進行回收，提升回收質量與友善環境，是國內資源回收產業推動循環經濟的成功案例。
3R plastic strategy and innovations：The EPA is dealing with plastic in a circular economy
The first topic of the 2017 Circular Economy Global Forum is “Plastic and a Circular Economy”, which focuses on plastic management, where 6 government delegates from Taiwan, the U.S.A, the European Union, Switzerland, Japan and El Salvador will give briefings on plastic reduction, reuse and recycling. For plastic management strategy and innovations, 5 government delegates from Switzerland, Holland, Taiwan, the U.S.A and Germany will give briefs with industry representatives, and then engage in a panel discussion between government and industry.
The Environmental Protection Administration (EPA) noted that different countries have different ways of into controlling plastic. The U.S.A (California), France and Australia prohibited the use of plastic shopping bags. Uses of plastics require payment in Hong Kong, England and Taiwan. Germany and Denmark charge taxes on uses of plastics. The European Union established its 2030 plastic management strategy and route map that requires member countries to comply with plastic management measures in order to reach its target. Japan is also promoting a 3R plastic strategy and carrying one’s own shopping bag has become a routine for the general public. As for Taiwan, a government announcement requires that 14 types of businesses are prohibited from providing plastic shopping bags for free. According to statistics, the reduction of plastic shopping bags in 7 major types of businesses has places of trading achieved a 58% reduction. Annual consumption has been reduced from 3.4 billion to 1.4 billion units; the annual reduction of 2.0 billion units of plastic shopping bags is amazing!
Plastic microbeads are small in size and large in quantity; thus, they cannot be effectively collected but instead enter into water bodies and the environment through sewage, which impacts the environment and ecology. Various countries across the globe have been concerned about the environmental impact of microbeads and have established relevant control measures to protect marine organisms and environments. The EPA stated that Taiwan is in sync with developed countries such as those on the European Union, and has officially announced that microbeads will be prohibited across the island as of the beginning of 2018. The associated countermeasures and resolutions received applause from delegates of other participating countries.
To promote a circular economy, industry is an indispensable partner. The EPA indicated that the 2017 Circular Economy Global Forum has invited plastic industry representatives to share their innovative methods and successful cases, including Da Fon Environmental Technology, Dell Technology and TUV Rheinland. Out of these companies, Da Fon Environmental Technology is expert at using smart phones for encouraging the general public to recycle, which in turn increases recycling quality. Da Fon Environmental Technology is a successful case of a domestic recycling enterprise that promotes a circular economy.
To implement plastic reduction in daily life, it is no doubt that the 2017 Circular Economy Global Forum strives for the consensus and resolution from participating countries in terms of cherishing resources, plastic bag reduction, ocean protection, environmental awareness and corporate social responsibility.