Taipei--The amount of garbage generated by the lantern festival in Yunlin is far lower than projected, the county's Environmental Protection Bureau (EPB) said Tuesday.
As of Sunday, a combined total of 43 metric tons of garbage had been collected in both venues of the 2017 Taiwan Lantern Festival, which was launched Feb. 7 in Beigang Township, and in Huwei Township on Feb. 8, which went on a trial run before officially opening on Feb. 11.
According to EPB Director-General Lin Chang-chao (???), the bureau had estimated that roughly 90-120 tons would be generated over the six days.
But the amount of trash was only a third of what the bureau had projected, Lin said, adding that this positive outcome was partly due to the understanding it gained from the venue's lantern exhibitors and stall vendors.
According to Lin, the 66 lantern exhibitors and 274 stall vendors all signed agreements to help promote the Yunlin festival as a pollution-free venue by maintaining a clean, litter-free environment.
So far, the majority of the garbage primarily came from the venue's food stalls and booths that sold various farmers' produce, with lantern display areas having produced the least waste, the bureau said.
More than 200 janitors and environmental volunteers were mustered to hold placards and shout slogans calling on visitors to recycle their garbage and not litter the streets, the EPB said.
The 2017 Taiwan Lantern Festival in Yunlin County will run in both the Huwei and Beigang venues until Feb. 19.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel