Taipei-The Taipei City government's Department of Environmental Protection has begun inspection of the establishments included in the first phase of a nationwide ban on plastic straws, which took effect Monday.
In the first stage, schools, department stores, fast food restaurants, and establishments in the public sector are prohibited from providing single-use plastic straws to onsite customers, as part of the central government's goal of reducing the use of plastics in the country.
In an effort to help realize that goal, Taipei's Department of Environmental Protection was checking 549 establishments in the four categories to ensure compliance with the ban, said Tsui Hao-chih (???), an official with the department.
The department has sent written notices to the establishments and has also briefed them to make sure they understand and implement the new policy, he said.
In addition, Tsui said, the department has provided those establishments with posters and stickers for display on their premises to inform customers of the ban.
First-time violators will be given a warning, after which repeat violations will result in a fine of between NT$1,200 (US$39) and NT$6,000, he said.
He said customers are encouraged to drink straight out the glass or use disposable paper straws, reusable silicon straws, or bamboo straws, or bring their own stainless steel straws, to reduce the use of plastics.
Meanwhile, Premier Su Tseng-chang (???) posted a video on the LINE messaging app Monday, showing how to use paper straws to drink pearl milk tea.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel