By: Chang Hsiung-feng and Frances Huang
Taipei, July 1 (CNA) The Environmental Protection Administration (EPA) said Monday that warningswere issued to two food vendors for violating the new single-use plastic straw ban on the first day the rule took effect.
After inspecting 1,138 food vendors around Taiwan to check on compliance with the ban, warnings were given to a vendor in a food court located in New Taipei and to a fast food restaurant located in offshore Kinmen County, the agency said.
Under the new rule, establishments found violating the rule for the first time before June 30, 2020 will not be punished, but second and subsequent offenses will be subject to fines ranging from NT$1,200 (US$38.70) to NT$6,000, according to the EPA.
Taiwan launched the first stage of a ban on single-use plastic straws Monday as part of its efforts to cut plastic consumption. [FULL STORY]