Stores in New Taipei to stop selling single-use shopping bags

The China Post
Date: June 16, 2017
By: CNA

TAIPEI, Taiwan — Starting in October, all hypermarkets, supermarkets and convenience stores in New Taipei will stop selling single-use plastic shopping bags to customers, as part of effort to reduce plastic waste, the city’s Environmental Protection Department said on Friday.

The program, which was first implemented in May on a trial basis in 21 stores, will be expanded to another 330 stores in July, the department said.

By October, all 2,630 stores in the city will be part of the trial program, according to the department.

Starting on Jan. 1, 2018, the program will be officially adopted and hypermarkets, supermarkets and convenience stores in the city will only be allowed to sell plastic bags that can be reused as certified garbage bags to customers asking for a temporary shopping bag. Any store found to be in violation will be fined, the department said.    [FULL  STORY]

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