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Taiwan Quick Take: Ma starts garbage cleanup

STAFF WRITER WITH AGENCIES

Taipei Mayor Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) said yesterday that a controversial "garbage mountain" in Neihu Dsitrict is expected to be cleaned up by 2011. Ma made the remarks at a ceremony to mark the start of the cleanup process. He said that the task, costing some NT$1.4 billion (US$42.2 million), will accelerate the development of neighboring areas such as Nankang. The garbage mountain in Neihu -- actually a landfill that was first used in 1970 but was closed in 1985 -- covers 15 hectares, with five hectares occupying one-third of the part of the Keelung river that passes through Neihu. Because of flooding fears and with an aim of boosting the development of nearby areas, the city government has asked for budget from the central government to expedite the removal of the garbage mountain, a city official said.

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