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EPA announces Lunar New Year garbage service

STAFF REPORTER, WITH CNA

Garbage collection services will be suspended during the first three days of the Lunar New Year, from Monday to Wednesday, the Environmental Protection Administration (EPA) announced yesterday, urging people to refrain from illegal dumping of trash during the period.

In response to public inquiries on garbage collection services during the nine-day holiday period from today to Feb. 1, the EPA said all collections will end tomorrow night and will not resume until Thursday in Taipei City and Taipei County.

“On Jan. 29, we will be providing a limited garbage collection service in Taipei City,” an EPA official said, adding that the trucks will collect only normal household waste on that date and will not resume collection of recyclables until Jan. 30.

“All garbage collection, including the collection of recyclable and large items, will resume on Jan. 31,” the official said.

In Taipei County, limited service will also be provided on Thursday for collection of household and recyclable trash, the official added.

The schedule for garbage collection services during the Lunar New Year holiday period has been posted on the Web site of each city and county Environmental Protection Bureau, the official said, adding that the EPA has also set up an additional site at http://ecolife.epa.gov.tw to provide residents around the country with detailed information on garbage collection during the upcoming holiday.

The EPA official urged people to not dump household trash in prohibited areas during the holiday.

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