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EPA enlists local agencies for public clean-up events

MOBILIZE THE MASSES:The agency was inspired to launch its eradicate litter campaign by a community initiative last month: Clean Up the World Weekend

By Lee I-chia  /  Staff reporter

The Environmental Protection Administration (EPA) has mobilized local government agencies to participate in a series of clean-up initiatives this autumn, which will include 52 events and involve an estimated 18,000 participants.

As a response to the Clean Up the World Weekend, a community-based environmental campaign held on the third weekend of last month, the EPA said it has extended the concept and launched a series of clean-up events with local governments between last month and next month, including 24 mountain, 21 beach and seven river clean-up campaigns.

The series of campaigns aims to mobilize residents of townships, boroughs and civic volunteer groups to clean up the environment, which may help get rid of dengue fever mosquitoes in the process, the environmental agency said.

On Saturday, the Chiayi City Government held a clean-up campaign near Pachang Creek (八掌溪), in which river patrol team members instructed local residents on how to inspect and clean up the riverbank.

Another mountain clean-up campaign was held in Taipei, on the trails running along the Dagou Creek (大溝溪) and Bihu Park.

In addition, Tunghai University in Greater Taichung introduced its newly developed on-campus ecological art trail and solar electric vehicle to the public yesterday.

EPA Minister Stephen Shen (沈世宏) attended the event.

The agency also urged everyone to uphold their civic duty by using reusable food containers and utensils when visiting scenic areas, making sure to not leave any trash behind and separating or recycling garbage according to their disposal categories.

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