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Taipei’s move to ditch plastic cups may create another recycling disaster

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Activists caution that Taipei’s upcoming ban on plastic cups at beverage shops may create new recycling woes in the future. Taipei is leading the country in banni...

Taipei to ban beverage stores from using disposable plastic cups from Dec. 1

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Beverage shops in Taipei City will be banned from using disposable plastic cups from Dec. 1, the city’s Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) said. Local g...

How Britain and Germany helped North Korea develop its national beer

With a "crisp and clean finish," Taedonggang lager is extremely popular in the beer gardens of Pyongyang in the summer months — even though drinkers have no idea that its distinctive f...

India bans some plastics to tackle waste crisis

India banned some single-use plastics on Friday as part of a plan to phase out the material. The country generates around 4 million tons of plastic waste each year, a third of which is not recycled a...

Bring your own cup when buying a drink to save NT$5, starting July 1

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Consumers can now save NT$5 (US$0.17) every time they bring their own cup to buy a drink at most beverage purveyors in Taiwan, beginning from July 1. The Environmental ...

Asia Pulp and Paper sponsors 2022 ELLE Run for Green in Taipei

Asia Pulp & Paper (APP) Sinar Mas will support and make the 2022 ELLE Run for Green even more sustainable with the sponsorship of 30,000 of its plastic-free and sustainably produced paper drinking...

Taiwan lawmakers brawl over bill to acquit former President Chen Shui-bian

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Scuffles broke out among legislators on Monday (May 30) as Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) members prepared to pass a bill that is designed to retroactively acquit form...

McDonald’s Taiwan offers bring-your-own-cup discount

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — McDonald’s Taiwan will offer a NT$5 (US$0.17) discount for customers who bring their own cup starting June 1. The offer applies to all cup sizes of beverages avai...

Bring your own cup for discounts in Taiwan’s bid to cut waste

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Customers who bring their own cup will receive a discount of at least NT$5 (US$0.17) on their drink at most of Taiwan’s beverage shops starting July 1, according to ...

MoonPies and Merry Widows: Mardi Gras hits Mobile, Alabama

MOBILE, Ala. (AP) — Alabama’s port city danced and squealed to the prime event of its Carnival season on Sunday, a quirky bash honoring the man credited with helping make the nation’s first Mardi Gras...

Taiwan to ban polystyrene cups from July 2022

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Taiwan will ban the use of foamed plastic cups such as those made of polystyrene starting July 1, 2022, in a move to cut the waste of single-use plastic containers, the En...

Resounding US Ryder Cup win could be start of something big

SHEBOYGAN, Wis. (AP) — The kids are more than alright. After America's youngest Ryder Cup team handed Europe its biggest beating ever, they're more than a little cocky, too. Two deca...

Giannis’ biggest fans watch, celebrate title a world away

SEPOLIA, Greece (AP) — With less than a minute remaining in the game, Yiannis Tzikas was already setting out plastic cups to fill with champagne. “It’s over. No one can turn this gam...

Greece rolls out free self-testing kits for COVID-19

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Kits for self-administered coronavirus tests began arriving in Greek pharmacies Wednesday, with each resident entitled to one free of charge per week as part of efforts to tackle...

Mexico City ban on single-use plastics takes effect

MEXICO CITY (AP) — A broad ban on single-use containers, forks, straws and other ubiquitous items takes effect in Mexico’s capital, one of the world’s largest cities, after more than a year of prepara...