EPA to introduce ban in 2018
By: Matthew Strong, Taiwan News, Staff Writer
TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Plastic bags at seven categories of small shops selling
products like medicine, books, drinks and pastry will no longer be free beginning from 2018, the Environmental Protection Administration said Friday.
The policy of limiting the use of plastic bags began in 2002 but only covered supermarkets, department stores, shopping malls, schools, convenience stores and fastfood chains.
An expansion of the ban on handing out free plastic bags to customers would take effect on January 1, 2018 and be valid for an estimated 70,000 outlets, reports said. The EPA said seven categories of shops would fall under the new restrictions, including bakeries, launderettes, stores selling drinks, books and stationery, photography and telecom equipment, medicine, and medical appliances. [FULL STORY]