Taipei City Government to reward those who report mask litterers

Individuals who discard masks on street subject to fine of NT$3,600-6,000: EPA

Taiwan News
Date: 2020/04/02
By: Ching-Tse Cheng, Taiwan News, Staff Writer

Individuals disposing of masks in public subject to heavy fines.  (CNA photo)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — The Taipei City Government announced Thursday (April 2) that individuals who report mask littering to the authorities would receive compensation while the people responsible for the offense would be fined NT$3,600-6,000 (US$120-200).

As face masks have become daily necessities due to the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, more cases of mask littering have also been seen across the country. Many individuals have continued to ignore the government's constant reminders and dispose of their masks improperly, according to UDN.

To discourage such behavior, the Cabinet's Environmental Protection Administration (EPA) on Sunday (March 29) announced that individuals who caught discarding their face masks on the streets would be subject to an NT$1,200-6,000 fine. However, following further discussion amongst EPA officials, the minimum fine for mask littering has now been raised to NT$3,600.

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