Beitou incineration plant brings 'Toy Story 3' movie scene to life

Beitou incineration plant brings 'Toy Story 3' movie scene to life
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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 centre by their owner. The ragtag team is forced to attempt to escape the centre, 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 centre, 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.

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