Jun 28, 2017 Medical & Health Care Comments Off on EPA urges cooperation on garbage issue in Yunlin
Administration (EPA) on Wednesday urged various groups in Yunlin County to work together to resolve the county's garbage disposal problem, after a local city announced it was partially suspending garbage collection services due to an inability to dispose of the waste.
Yunlin is unable to dispose of its own garbage because the county has no operational garbage incinerators.
Although a incinerator was built in the county's Linnei Township in 2005, it never started operations because of a controversy over the project's environmental impact assessment.
As a result, Yunlin is dependent on other counties and cities to help it incinerate its garbage, which they do on condition that Yunlin takes back 1.8 tons of ash in exchange for 1 ton of garbage incinerated.
However, Douliu, a town in Yunlin, is currently receiving no help to incinerate its garbage because it has been unable to locate a disposal site for the ash, an issue that has city and county officials at loggerheads. Garbage awaiting disposal has already piled up to 8,000 tons, which is piled up as high as a 4-story building.
Starting on Thursday, Douliu will stop collecting garbage produced by government offices, although collection of household garbage will continue.
EPA Deputy Minister Thomas Chan (???) said the administration has been helping Yunlin deal with its garbage problem, but stressed that garbage disposal must be based on the principle of reciprocity.
Yunlin County Magistrate Lee Chin-yung (???) said he hopes Douliu will work with the county government to resolve the problem in a reciprocal way, instead of refusing to discuss the issue.
Chang Li-shan (???), a Kuomintang legislator elected in Yunlin, said both the EPA and Yunlin County government must help Douliu resolve the problem.
She said allowing the Linnei incinerator to begin operation would be the most efficient way to solve Yunlin's garbage problem.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel
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