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Shida Night Market gets trash cans to get rid of grime

LITTERBUGS THWARTED:Six large trash cans will be placed at major entrances to the market every day after complaints about garbage strewn in streets

By Mo Yan-chih  /  Staff Reporter

Finding a trash can at Taipei’s Shida Night Market will be easier for visitors as Taipei City’s Department of Environmental Protection plans to place six trash cans at major entrances amid its recent efforts to improve the overall environment of the popular destination.

The six large trash cans will be placed around Shida Road and Longquan Street at 5:30pm every day when crowds start to gather. About 27 food vendors also set up small trash cans to collect disposable cups, according to department chief secretary Su Fang-hui (蘇芳慧).

The move came in response to growing complaints from visitors and local residents about piles of trash because of the lack of trash cans.

Pan Wei-liang (龐維良), a local borough chief, said maintaining the night market’s environment is the responsibility of food vendors, visitors and local boroughs, and said the borough will continue to work with the city government to make the night market cleaner.

When asked for comment on the new measure, Ken Brown, a student from the US who attends the nearby National Taiwan Normal University, applauded the move to put trash cans in the night market.

“It feels like it’s easier to litter than finding a trash can in Shida Night Market … I think it’s good to have trash cans here,” he said.

Department commissioner of the department Wu Sheng-chong (吳聖忠) said it is also aiming to put more trash cans around the Shilin Night Market in accordance with the relocation of vendors to a new building in November.

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