Jul 20, 2017 Market Comments Off on Goal to cut use of plastic bags by another 1.5 billion
The Cabinet on Thursday approved a policy to further restrict the use of plastic bags. The Environmental Protection Administration (EPA) has set a new goal to decrease the use of plastic bags by another 1.5 billion to take effect from January 1 next year.
In 2002, the government began restricting the use of plastic bags in seven categories of public place. These were the public sector, private schools, department stores, hypermarts, supermarkets, convenience stores and fast food chain stores. The goal was to cut the use of 2 billion plastic bags each year.
The new policy calls for restriction on an additional seven categories of public space that will not be able to provide free plastic bags. Deputy EPA minister Chang Tzi-chin explained.
Chang said, This time we expanded the scope from the original seven categories to 14. We hope to also include drug stores, makeup stores, pharmacies, medical equipment shops, electronics stores, bookstores, stationery stores, dry cleaners, beverage shops, and bakeries. The new policy will affect from the original 20,000 shops to 100,000 shops.
The EPA said first-time offenders will be given a warning. After that, violators will be fined anywhere from NT$1,200 to NT$6,000 (US$40-$200).
The EPA also plans to restrict the addition of microbeads in shampoos, facial wash and body wash.
The EPA pushed for the new policy on Thursday in light of World Oceans Day to help protect the oceans against plastic pollution.
Source: Radio Taiwan International