New toilet paper policy to take effect in June

The China Post
Date: May 29, 2017

TAIPEI, Taiwan — A new policy urging people in Taiwan to flush their used toilet paper will take effect in June, and the Environmental Protection Administration (EPA) on Monday urged local governments to put up signs to encourage the practice.

Local governments should post signs at public bathrooms before the end of June instructing people to flush used toilet paper, said Yuan Shao-ying (袁紹英), head of the EPA’s Department of Environmental Sanitation and Toxic Substance Management.

Beginning in July, EPA authorities will inspect the bathrooms to see if the signs have been put up, Yuan said, but local governments will be given more time to comply with the request if they have difficulty doing so in the short term.

Depositing used toilet paper in a trash can is a common practice in Taiwan because toilet paper here was once made from materials that did not dissolve in water. Authorities have tried to change the practice to improve bathroom hygiene.

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