Taitung issued 17k fines on tackling waste disposal in 18 years 檢舉亂丟菸蒂等惡習  台東18年罰逾1.7萬件

A citizen reportedly earns more than $1 m bounty on reporting waste disposal.


Presenter: Since Taitung County began giving out cash rewards for tips on waste disposal violators 18 years ago, cigarette littering accounts for over 60 percent of all fines. One Taitung resident has made over NT$1 million from reporting violators.

Moped drivers that litter cigarette butts face fines of NT$1,200 to NT$6,000 under the Waste Disposal Act. With cash rewards for reporting violators at 60 percent of fines, one citizen earned over NT$1 million in 2020. The cash reward percentage has since been lowered.

Lin Shih-ming, Section Chief, Taitung County Environmental Protection Bureau:”We lowered the cash reward from 60 percent to 30 percent of fines this year.”

The Taitung County Environmental Protection Bureau says the county has issued 17,000 waste disposal violation fines in 18 years, including close to 10,000 cigarette littering cases. This year, however, only 28 cases have been reported with only 14 resulting in a fine. Officials say this is because of the epidemic and mask mandate.

Lin Shih-ming, Section Chief, Taitung County Environmental Protection Bureau:”The epidemic plays a factor because the government requires everyone to wear masks outside. If you wear a mask, you can't smoke.”

The bureau says there are watchful eyes everywhere and smokers should stop littering.

 

 

機車騎士,半路上手一放下,順手丟下一根菸蒂,被後方跟著的民眾拍下來檢舉,丟這一根菸蒂不便宜,依「廢棄物清理法」最少罰1千2百元,最高罰6千,而檢舉人可從罰款中獲得60%的獎勵,在109年就有民眾,累積了前幾年的檢舉裁罰到強制執行,一次領到一百多萬元。不過這樣高額的獎金可能不會再出現。

台東縣環保局科長 林士銘:「去年之後呢,我們的獎勵金,從罰款金額60%降為30%。」

環保局表示,台東縣從92年實施「民眾檢舉違反廢棄物清理法案件獎勵辦法」,18年來一共受理檢舉1萬7千多件,其中有將近1萬件是亂丟菸蒂,不過今年發現,檢舉案件明顯減少,到現在只有28件,成案的有14件,主要是跟疫情強制戴口罩有關。

台東縣環保局科長 林士銘:「跟我們這個新冠肺炎的疫情有關,因為政府有規定,都一定要,外出都一定要戴口罩,戴口罩就沒有辦法來抽菸。」

環保局強調,疫情期間,取締亂丟菸蒂不會中斷,雖然獎金減少,但檢舉達人可能隨時在身邊,呼籲抽菸的民眾不要再亂丟菸蒂。

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