14 tons of garbage collected in Taipei
By Joy Lee, The China PostTAIPEI, Taiwan -- Volunteers and a city cleaning squad collected 14.09 tons from the scene of New Year's celebrations in Taipei, the Environmental Protection Administration (EPA) said yesterday.
January 2, 2013, 12:02 am TWN
Over 100 volunteers and 500 cleaning squad members took charge of the operation, which collected 3 tons less than the amount collected last year.
According to local reports, the New Year's celebration last year left 17.5 tons of garbage in Taipei City. This year, over 100 college students volunteered to participate in the event, which was launched by the “Embrace the Earth Youth Alliance.”
The event convener Hsu Kui-ejn, a freshman from National Chiao Tung University, said “the main purpose of this event is to remind people that it is important to lower the amount of garbage generated and the younger generation can also serve the society.”
The EPA set up 60 giant trash cans for trash and recycled waste at the scene of New Year celebrations. Mobile service teams, which consisted of paid cleaning squad members from the EPA, collected trash from the site of the celebrations.
According to Taipei City government, the number of people who participated in the New Year celebrations this year in Taipei was over 850,000 — a record figure.
The Taipei City Fire Department said that 21 people at the New Year celebrations were sent to hospitals.
Kaohsiung's E-Da World said 550,000 people participated in their New Year celebrations, enjoying a firework show that lasted over nine minutes.