Wed, Oct 17, 2012 - Page 5 News List

Lanyu mired in garbage crisis

BLIGHTED ORCHID:Orchid Island’s renowned natural beauty is threatened by trash, with waste firms discouraged by its remoteness and many people reluctant to recycle

By Liu Li-jen, Chen Hsien-yi and Stacy Hsu  /  Staff reporters, with staff writer

“However, the administration is offering freight subsidies as part of its effort to help ship recyclable items to Taiwan proper for further processing,” Ma said.

In response, Environmental Protection Bureau director Huang Ming-en (黃明恩) said that although Lanyu’s recycling rate has increased over the past few years — thanks to the bureau promoting recycling through conventions, forums and radio — more public cooperation was required to make further improvements.

“While the bureau will continue to step up its efforts to tackle the issue through various channels, we urge residents to coordinate recycling efforts,” he said.

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