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Taipei hopes to cut garbage in half during New Year's Eve bash

Taipei hopes to cut garbage in half during New Year's Eve bash

Taipei, Dec. 29 (CNA) Taipei will distribute hot beverages to people who carry their own reusable cups during New Year's Eve celebrations outside Taipei City Hall in a bid to cut the amount of garbage generated that night. Liu Ming-lung, head of the city's Department of Environmental Protection, said the crowds who attended last year's festivities in Xinyi District, including the Taipei 101 fireworks show, left behind 15.9 metric tons of garbage and 6.73 tons of recyclable materials. But Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je, who assumed his post on Dec. 25, said protesters in two previous massive protests in the city -- to depose President Chen Shui-bian for corruption in 2006 and to protest the abusive death of a soldier in 2013 -- were able to keep the streets clean. Ko said people attending the New Year's Eve celebrations should also be able to "show their civic spirit," Liu said. This is why the department has set the goal of "cutting refuse in half and doubling the volume of recyclable items." The department said that starting at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, a pavilion will be set up at the East Gate Plaza on Songzhi Road to pass out 1,500 cups of black tea to people who use their own reusable cups. People can also go to convenience stores nearby to get hot boiled water for free. The department urged those who want to attend the celebrations to practice "three noes" -- no driving of their own cars, no buying of fluorescent sticks and no littering -- and "three musts" -- must prepare own reusable cups, must prepare reusable bags and must sort their garbage. (By Ku Chuan and Lilian Wu)


Updated : 2021-05-16 14:38 GMT+08:00