Not too long ago, PX Mart was in the news for providing free plastic bags at the exit which violates the regulation on the seven big supermarkets not giving away free plastic bags. This time, Carrefour is also in the news for similar violation.
Miss Lee said, when she was shopping for fresh meat at Carrefour Supermarket, cashier did not obtain her consent, rather just pulled a plastic bag and put her meat in. This kind of courtesy is violation to the law, the super market was providing free plastic bags.
==HSIEH HAN-LIN Secretary-general, Taiwan Watch Institute==
Carrefour or other store such as Pxmart previously violated. They think that they provide better services; but some customers obviously brought their own shopping bags, why employees did not even ask customers? Therefore I think that was disrespectful to customers.
Environmental Protection Administration confirmed that Carrefour was indeed violated regulation. Stores can only provide free plastic bags unless the purchased goods are unpackaged vegetables, fruit or boiled tea eggs.
==HSIEH HAN-LIN Sec-Gen, Taiwan Watch Institute==
The regulation is somehow indulging, because the store only gets a warning for the first violation. Then the store owners may think: well, we will continue to do that until we get warning.
== LAI YING-YING Dir-Dir. EPA Waste Management==
We introduce the advising institution, because there are some small-size shop owners which they are not necessarily know the regulation. As to the current reaction, we will review into our regulations.
Environmental Protection Administration stated, they will no longer advise shop owners for the first violation. But a direct fine issuance for the first violation shall require amendment to the law. Carrefour replied that they had already terminated providing free plastic bags at registers.
TRANSLATED BY: ANTHONY LIN
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