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Residents in favor of new recycling initiative: survey

CNA , TAIPEI

Some 90 percent of the people in Taiwan support the government's garbage classification policy set to be implemented at the start of next year in selected areas, according to the results of a recent government survey.

Nearly 80 percent of the respondents in the survey conducted Nov. 29 to Dec. 2 by the Department of Health said they are confident the classification policy will effectively help reduce the amount of rubbish.

Starting from Jan. 1 next year, citizens in ten cities and counties, including Taipei City, Kaohsiung City, Keelung City, Hsinchu City, Taichung City, Chiayi City, Ilan City, Taichung County and Kaohsiung County will have to sort their trash into three categories -- regular garbage, kitchen leftovers, and recyclable materials.

Those who fail to separate their garbage in line with the department's requirements will be subject to fines of between NT$1,200 and NT$6,000.

In the department's survey, 70 percent of the respondents said they approve of the government's measure to impose fines under the policy.

A total of 2,474 people over the age of 20 nationwide were interviewed.

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