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Feature: Paper cup ban will not extend to legislature

PROTECTING RESOURCES A new regulation will prohibit the disposable containers beginning tomorrow in the Executive Yuan, government ministries and all schools

By Shih Hsiu-chuan  /  STAFF REPORTER

Huang said he doubted that cup-washing machines would be able to process that many reusable cups each day, which could lead to sanitary problems.

"I have sounded people out on this issue and many told me that they dare not use reusable cups here as there are too many people going in and out of the legislature," he said.

The legislature began using paper cups in place of water glasses after an incident in the early 1990s in which former legislative speaker Liang Su-yung (梁肅戎) was hurt by a glass thrown by former legislator Ju Gau-jeng (朱高正).

Open to question

Huang also said that the Executive Yuan's method of pursuing a ban on paper cups had left it open to question.

"If it wanted to carry out the policy in earnest, why didn't it turn the regulation a piece of legislation? As an administrative order, the regulation is non-binding," he said.

Taiwan Environmental Protection Union secretary-general Ho Tsung-hsun (何宗勳) said the legislature's case for not observing the regulation is weak.

"It's a good policy and thus the legislature should take the lead in obeying the regulation and putting it into operation rather than evading it with thousands of excuses," Ho said.

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