Majority backs planned phasing out of plastic straws: EPA

Focus Taiwan
Date: 2019/03/11
By: Wu Hsin-yun and Flor Wang

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Taipei, March 11 (CNA) The majority of people in Taiwan support the government’s plan to phase out the use of plastic straws over the next 12 years, as part of an effort to protect the environment, the Environmental Protection Administration (EPA) said Monday.

Citing the results of a public opinion poll conducted by phone last November, the EPA said 76 percent of the Taiwan public backs the policy, while only 3.9 percent is against it.

Similar results were obtained in an online survey conducted late last year, which showed that 73.7 percent of the public favors the plan and 7.5 percent does not, the EPA said.

According to the EPA plan, a ban on plastic straws will be implemented July 1 in the government sector, and at all public and private schools, department stores, shopping malls and fast food stores.

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