Beitou in­cin­er­a­tion plant brings ‘Toy Story 3’ movie scene to life


A pre­car­i­ous scene in the “Toy Story 3” movie showed Sher­iff Woody et al shipped off to a dump­ing site, and nearly fac­ing in­cin­er­a­tion as a re­sult. In re­al­ity, this scene is a com­mon oc­cur­rence at the Beitou Refuse In­cin­er­a­tion Plant ( ) in Taipei City, and it is open for tours.

Toy Story 3, which is set sev­eral years af­ter the first se­quel, takes us on a ride with Woody, Buzz Lightyear and other play­things, who are ac­ci­den­tally sent to a lo­cal day­care cen­ter by their owner. The rag­tag team is forced to at­tempt to es­cape the cen­ter, as the leader toy Lotso Hugs the Bear leads the place with an iron-paw.

In the in­cin­er­a­tor scene, as it is com­monly re­ferred to, the toys find them­selves sent to a dump­ing site af­ter their es­cape from the day­care cen­ter, where a fiery end awaits them. They are then res­cued by the Lit­tle Green Men, who uses a large land­fill claw to scoop up the toys to safety, a CNA re­port said.

Visi­tors to the Beitou Refuse In­cin­er­a­tion Plant can see for them­selves how an in­cin­er­a­tion plant works. The Beitou Plant is cur­rently the largest na­tion­wide, and can dis­pose of 1,800 tons of trash, and 330,000 tons were burned last year alone, work­ers at the plant said. Both garbage trucks op­er­at­ing un­der the Taipei City’s Depart­ment of En­vi­ron­men­tal Pro­tec­tion and non-gov­ern­ment run garbage dis­posal units can also pay to burn their own col­lected trash.

The grap­ple crane at the Beitou Plant, which is used to scoop up garbage into a refuse feed chute for fur­ther pro­cess­ing, re­sem­bles the claw seen in the movie, plant crew said, re­fer­ring to the chil­dren’s amaze­ment dur­ing their tour of the plant and drew com­par­isons be­tween the movie and re­al­ity.

Ac­cord­ing to Beitou Plant of­fi­cials, the plant of­fi­cially ac­quired a cer­tifi­cate ap­prov­ing it as a fa­cil­ity fit for en­vi­ron­men­tal ed­u­ca­tion, and be­com­ing the 13th fa­cil­ity in Taipei City to do so. Classes such as “The Alchemy of Garbage,” “Un­der­stand­ing the Re­cy­cling of Leftovers” and tours of cer­tain ar­eas of the plant were de­signed to fit the ed­u­ca­tion plan as well, as to pro­mote re­cy­cling aware­ness and love of be­long­ings.


Mem­bers of the win­ning Na­tional Tai­wan Nor­mal Univer­sity (NTNU) Man­darin Train­ing Cen­ter Women’s team en­joy vic­tory at the Da­jia River­side Park, yesterday. The NTNU Women’s team won this year’s Taipei City In­ter­na­tional Dragon Boat Cham­pi­onship (

) in the open di­vi­sion dur­ing the third day of in­tense, ex­haust­ing and tir­ing com­pe­ti­tion.


A view of the garbage pit at the Beitou in­cin­er­a­tor, as well as the grap­ple crane loom­ing over, is seen in this photo.

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