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Taitung see 350,000 tourists and influx of trash (2019/02/10)
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    Taitung see 350,000 tourists and influx of trash (2019/02/10)

    Many people took advantage of the nine-day Lunar New Year holiday by taking a road trip, and one favorite holiday destination was Taitung. This year, the eastern county saw some 350,000 visitors. That's about 100,000 more compared to last year. Although these tourists brought business to local vendors, they also generated large amounts of garbage. Local garbage trucks collected a massive 160 metric tons of waste yesterday, and were still unable to remove it all.

    Tourists from all over the country were on the beach today, trying to make the most of their final Spring Festival moments. Every coastal scenic spot in Taitung, including the Shanyuan Fish Recovery Area, has seen more than 2,000 visitors a day during the Lunar New Year holiday.

    Chen Shih-yueh
    Shanyuan Fish Recovery Area volunteer
    We had nine consecutive days off, so you can see that the whole beach is filled with tourists. The small vendors all made a handsome profit.

    According to the Directorate General of Highways, more than 450,000 vehicles have poured into Taitung over the Lunar New Year holiday. Tourist numbers increased by 100,000 compared to last year. These visitors have brought with them an influx of garbage. After four days without trash pickup, locals came out early Saturday morning with their accumulated garbage. Despite stepped-up efforts, the sanitation crew was still unable to clear away all the trash.

    Chang Yen-tang
    Taitung sanitation crew chief
    Today's garbage will likely reach 160 metric tons. That's two times the normal amount. We were on break the last few days and there were lots of tourists, leading to a rise in the volume of garbage.

    It's an annual ordeal. As Taiwanese get out and about over the Lunar New Year holiday, they bring long lines, heavy traffic, and piles and piles of garbage.
    中文 Chinese  
    台東春節遊客逾35萬人次 產生近160公噸垃圾

    農曆春節,長達9天的連續假期,遊客湧入台東,總人數超過35萬人次,跟去年同期相比,增加了10萬人次,不過人潮一多,也帶來不少垃圾,週二到週五清潔隊休息,週六垃圾車一上工,就收了將近160公噸的垃圾。

    沙灘上,有來自各地的遊客,把握春節最後假期,到台東沿海景點,踏浪玩水,尤其是杉原護漁區,春節期間,每天更是湧入超過兩千名遊客。

    [[杉原護漁區志工 陳世岳]]
    “9天連假,所以現在看得到的,就是整個海邊都是遊客,小攤商感覺上收入都滿不錯的。”

    公路總局統計,春節連假進入台東的車流量,多達45萬輛,遊客人數跟去年相比增加10萬人次,只不過人潮帶來錢潮,同樣也帶來大量垃圾。連續好幾天沒有清潔車,居民週六一早趕緊拿到街道,等垃圾車來載,即使加開清潔車班次,垃圾還是清不完。

    [[台東市清潔隊長 張燕堂]]
    “今天的垃圾量可能會多一倍,就160公噸。這幾天沒有清運,還有我們遊客進來的多,增加這些垃圾量。”

    過年假期遊客四處走春,到處都人擠人,到哪都塞車,也帶來龐大垃圾量。
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