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Three townships rated as 'dirtiest' in Taiwan

Three townships rated as 'dirtiest' in Taiwan

Taipei, Nov. 5 (CNA) Three areas in central and southern Taiwan -- Dajia District in Taichung City, Puli Township in Nantou County, and Donggang Township in Pingtung County -- have been rated as the "dirtiest townships in Taiwan," a foundation said Saturday. The Conservation Mothers Foundation called on the local governments in the three townships to clean the environment regularly and engage in public awareness campaigns. For the third year in a row, foundation chairwoman Julia Chou, her husband and a dozen volunteers embarked in March on a tour of 115 districts and townships around Taiwan and its outlying islands to assess their level of cleanliness. They took pictures whenever they saw litter such as garbage, cigarette butts, and dog droppings in public places. Based on their findings after the tour ended in October, the three above named places were rated as the dirtiest. Puli Township Chief Chou Yi-hsiung said that he accepted the criticism "with humility." "There is room for improvement," he acknowledged. However, he said that the township's budget is too small to afford adequate cleaning staff. Furthermore, the inauguration of National Highway No. 6 more than two years ago also brought too many tourists to the township, he said. Liu Chia-lang, chief secretary of Donggang Township Office, admitted to only one problem -- random parking of motorcycles. Meanwhile, Liu Pan-yu, head of Taichung's Environmental Protection Bureau, said that the bureau will step up its supervision of business districts. Other areas mentioned on the list were Chiayi, Yunlin, Changhua, and Kaohsiung, but the foundation said they had made progress from previous years. (By Hsu Chih-wei and Lilian Wu)


Updated : 2021-06-20 18:25 GMT+08:00