EPA sets timetable to ban plastic use

BEACHHEAD: A coalition has launched 67 action plans to cut marine pollution, while local agencies would be asked to monitor beaches to investigate sources of garbage

Taipei Times
Date: Feb 14, 2018
By: Lin Chia-nan  /  Staff reporter

The Environmental Protection Administration (EPA) yesterday introduced a series of

A man at a fast-food restaurant in Taipei yesterday drinks through a plastic straw, as the Environmental Protection Administration announced plans to phase out the use of plastic items in the catering and retail sectors.  Photo: Huang Yao-cheng, Taipei Times

plans to reduce the use of plastic products that cause marine pollution, with the use of plastic straws expected to be limited next year and disposable tableware banned by 2030.

The plans were jointly drafted by the agency and eight environmental groups, which formed a coalition on marine waste disposal in July last year.

“Marine pollution has become another serious environmental problem for the world, in addition to global warming,” said Tse-xin Organic Agriculture Foundation member Chen Li-hsin (陳立信), who discussed their collaboration over the past six months at a news conference in Taipei.

The coalition has launched 67 action plans that focus on four areas: source reduction; prevention and removal of marine waste; research and investigation; and expanding public participation, he said.    [FULL  STORY]

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