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New rule: vending machines must have recycling bins

2011/02/18 14:59:36

Taipei, Feb. 18 (CNA) Starting from March, there must be areceptacle placed near every beverage vending machine in Taiwan tocontain waste cans and bottles, the top environmental protectionauthority announced Friday.

The government has revised its regulations on the installation ofrecycling facilities, ruling that businesses operating vendingmachines in public places should also install recycling bins within50 meters of each machine, the Environmental ProtectionAdministration (EPA) said.

Violators will be punished with fines of between NT$60,000(US$2,045) and NT$300,000, the EPA added.

Ma Nien-he, an executive secretary of the EPA's Recycling FundManagement Board, explained that the new rule is designed to plug aloophole in the existing regulations governing waste recycling, underwhich shopping malls and chain stores are obliged to recycle wastebatteries and containers.

In addition to vending machines, chain beverage stores will fromMay 1 be obliged to install recycling bins for waste paper andplastic cups, Ma said.

(By Lee Shien-feng and Elizabeth Hsu)