2020/5/27  
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Waste production surging due to COVID crisis (2020/05/22)

Officials are raising concerns about an unforeseen byproduct of the COVID crisis: garbage. Due to the epidemic, many restaurants have switched to using disposable tableware, leading to a surge in trash volume. On Friday, officials hinted that they may soon reinstate the ban on plastic utensils, disposable containers, and single-use chopsticks to ease the burden on Mother Earth

Chen Shih-chung
CECC head
We do have an environmental concern, and it has to do with single-use eating utensils. If you’ve got reusable utensils and wash them properly, then actually they are more sanitary than the single-use variety.

As COVID abates in Taiwan, garbage is emerging as a pressing concern. Health minister Chen Shih-chung hopes that as life gets back to normal, Taiwan’s garbage output will, too.

Shen Chih-hsiu
Deputy environment minister
Some restaurateurs were concerned that their customers would have reservations about using washed multiple-use utensils, so they changed to disposable tableware. That’s led to an increase in the use of single-use tableware. We estimate that it’s grown by 50%.

Amid public health concerns, many businesses switched to disposable utensils. In just three months, garbage from disposable utensils increased by 50%.

Due to the epidemic, the EPA had suspended its ban on single-use utensils in early April, opening to the floodgates to a surge of waste. Now officials are hinting the ban will be back in place. The prospect has raised consternation from some small business owners.

Snack vendor
First it’s this, then it’s that. How do you expect us to cope?

Snack vendor
Customers ask us, “Why aren’t you giving me cutlery? Why aren’t you giving me this or that?” Providing it is bad, but not providing it is also bad. What do you want us to do?

Some customers say that using washable utensils at the shop is fine.

Member of the public
These restaurants wouldn’t just give them a casual rinse and bring them out for people to use.

Experts say that when it comes to preventing COVID-19, proper hand-washing is more effective than using disposable chopsticks.
中文 Chinese  
重啟一次性餐具禁令? 店家憂朝令夕改惹民怨

台灣武漢肺炎疫情趨緩,疫情指揮中心指揮官陳時中發現,民眾擔心感染風險,外食改用免洗餐具,據環保署統計,最近回收量大增五成。實際走訪小吃店,店家抱怨,先前政府才推環保餐具,疫情爆發後,放寬可用一次性餐具,現在又要改回來,政策變來變去,令人困擾。

[[疫情指揮中心指揮官 陳時中]]
“環保的隱憂就是我們的免洗餐具。我們這種重複使用的,好好的清洗,其實是比免洗餐具還要來得更乾淨。”

台灣武漢肺炎疫情趨緩,卻面臨環保問題,疫情指揮中心指揮官陳時中帶頭呼籲,回歸正常生活,也別忘了愛地球。

[[環保署副署長 沈志修]]
“有部分的餐飲業者,他會擔心擔心說,消費者對於使用重複清洗的餐具有疑慮,他會改用免洗餐具,那因此免洗餐具在這段疫情期間,有增加的趨勢,我們估計大概增加了五成。”

擔心衛生問題,民眾常用一次性餐具,短短三個月內,回收處理量增加五成,讓環保署很頭痛。

四月初正值疫情嚴重期間,環保署曾同意免洗餐具暫時解禁,也因此一個多月來用量增加。店家抱怨政策朝令夕改。

[[小吃店業者]]
“這樣變來變去,你要叫我怎麼做?”

[[小吃店業者]]
“(客人問)你為什麼沒有給我拿餐具?你為什麼沒有給我怎樣?要給也不是,不給也不是,那你到底要怎樣?”

也有人覺得使用店家的重複性餐具沒問題。

[[民眾]]
“店家一定不可能說隨便洗一洗,就給人家拿出來用。”

其實想減少感染風險,專家解析,做好個人衛生,用餐前洗手,比起用免洗餐具,還是重要多了。
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