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EPA launches campaign to clean up nation’s beaches

BEAUTIFICATION The three municipalities judged to do the best job organizing cleanup campaigns will get NT$500,000, with runners-up receiving NT$300,000 each

STAFF WRITER, WITH CNA

Students from Chungchiao Elementary School in Jinshan Township, Taipei County, take part in a race on a litter-strewn beach along the northern coast yesterday morning.

PHOTO: CHEN CHING-MIN, TAIPEI TIMES

The Environmental Protection Administration (EPA) will launch a beach clean-up campaign today in which it will mobilize 20,000 volunteers to pick up trash along about 1,000km of coastline and riverbanks around the country.

Volunteers will be assembled from villages, boroughs, communities, schools, coastline administration units and private enterprises, the EPA said in a statement yesterday.

The clean-up drive will be composed of a series of activities organized by local governments and is scheduled to run through June 5.

Details will be made available on the EPA’s Web site.

As part of the drive, a large-scale beach cleanup will be staged tomorrow on the coast of the Yungan fishing port in Taoyuan County, the statement said.

After the cleanup, the EPA will hold an awards ceremony on June 5 — World Environment Day — to honor the three administrative municipalities with the best performance during the drive.

A subsidy of NT$500,000 will be given to each of the three municipalities judged to have done the best jobs organizing their campaigns.

Another six municipalities with impressive performances will be given NT$300,000 each, the statement said.

As Taiwan’s coastlines and beaches are its most precious resources, the EPA encouraged the public to take part in the campaign to ensure beaches are well maintained in terms of water quality and general cleanliness, the statement said.

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