EPA plans plastic bag ban, calls for facility’s readiness – TaiwanPosted on June 24, 2016 by DrRossH in Plastic Limiting Regulations
The Environmental Protection Administration (EPA) is planning to prohibit stores from offering free plastic bags to customers in an attempt to reduce plastic bag consumption, while a mothballed incinerator in Yunlin County should be ready for activation to increase the nation’s waste treatment capacity, EPA Minister Lee Ying-yuan (李應元) said yesterday.
“Taiwanese use 18 billion plastic bags every year. That means a person uses 782 plastic bags in just a year’s time, which is four times as many plastic bags used by Europeans and Australians,” Kurczewski wrote on the campaign’s Web page, questioning Taiwan’s consumer behavior.
Excessive and thoughtless use of plastic bags damages the environment, and the Taiwanese government should require consumers to pay NT$5 for each plastic bag, Kurczewski wrote.