Radio Taiwan International
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. [FULL STORY]