Recycling boosted by rise in subsidy for scavengers

Taipei Timesd
Date:  Nov 06, 2019
By: Lin Chia-nan  /  Staff reporter

Increased subsidies for underprivileged scavengers have stimulated the market of garbage recycling,

People hold placards at a news conference held by the Environmental Protection Administration in Taipei yesterday to promote its new subsidy program for individuals who do recycling for a living.
Photo: Lo Chi, Taipei Times

with the amount of recycled items growing threefold in three months, the Environmental Protection Administration (EPA) said yesterday.

Many underprivileged people make a living by collecting and selling recyclable garbage, but some do not even earn enough a day to buy a cheap meal, EPA Recycling Fund Management Board executive secretary Yen Hsu-ming (顏旭明) told a news conference in Taipei.

Nearly 8,900 scavengers across the nation need urgent financial aid, board section chief Lien Yi-wei (連奕偉) said, adding that the figure only included those registered with the government.

To alleviate their predicament and boost recycling, the EPA in August launched a new subsidy program, raising the prices of 12 types of recyclable waste that local government-owned garbage squads pay to individual scavengers, Yen said.    [FULL  STORY]

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