Night market cleanup draws huge response
CNATAIPEI -- Nearly 37,000 volunteers rolled up their sleeves on Sunday to join in a nationwide cleanup event, collecting some 3,600 bags of trash at 86 night markets across Taiwan.
September 30, 2013, 12:05 am TWN
Event participants, ranging from four to 80 years old, gathered at well-known night markets, such as the Shihlin Night Market in Taipei and Liuohe Tourist Night Market in Kaohsiung, to pick up sticks, gum wrappers and cigarette butts.
Over half of the volunteers were students, setting a record number for the event, now in its twelfth year, according to the Good Neighbor Foundation, the organization sponsoring the cleanup initiative.
“I felt that I worked harder here than in school with this cleaning,” said Lee Yi-hsuan, a student from the Taipei First Girls High School.
The events, which were held to coincide with the global “Clean Up the World” campaign that falls in September each year, were aimed at raising environmental awareness, according to the foundation.
The foundation said it hopes that the campaign, which features eliminating litter at night markets this year, could also promote responsible tourism by giving popular tourist destinations a fresh look.
Citing its recent research, the foundation said over 40 percent of the people in Taiwan visit a night market at least once a month, though nearly half of those visitors complain that the generally narrow, packed locations are dirty.