EPA Seeking to Reduce Disposable Cup Usage 明年7月後禁保麗龍杯 自備杯子至少省5元

A ban on Styrofoam cups will take effect in July 2022 as an effort to reduce the use of disposable cups, Meanwhile, there will be a mandatory price difference of at least NT$ 5 between drinks served in self-provided cups and non-self-provided cups.


Taiwan uses huge amounts of disposable cups. The Environmental Protection Administration has therefore announced new measures to curb the use of disposable cups. The first measure is a ban on Styrofoam cups starting in July 2022. The second measure is aimed at encouraging people to bring their own cups when purchasing beverages and requires a price difference of NT$5 between drinks served in self-provided cups and non-self-provided cups. The targets of the new measures include chain beverage stores, fast food restaurants, convenience stores, and supermarkets. These places must also charge for disposable cups.

Mr. Kao, Resident: “Drinks stay colder longer in flasks, so I think it's good. (Will the NT$5 be an inducement for you?) Yes, yes, a big one. It's better than before.”

Ms. Wang, Resident: “I think it will work better if the difference is NT$10. (So you'll continue your habit of bringing your own cup?) Yes. ”

Businesses say the NT$5 price difference is too much. Some said they don't have plans to increase the price of drinks, and they will respond to the new measures during the advance notice period.

Lu Mou-yuan, Director, Ching Shin Fu Chuan Tea Station: “The pressure on us inexpensive beverage businesses will be huge if such as a proportionally big discount is going to make all at once. We don't have any plans at the moment to raise prices.”

Only chain beverage stores, fast food restaurants, convenience stores, and supermarkets will be required to enact this price difference. Environmental group Taiwan Watch said excluding non-chain businesses will dampen the effects of the policy. The EPA said it will start from these chain businesses, and it believes there will be results.

Wei Wen-i, Dep. Secretary, Recycling Fund Mgmt. Board, EPA: “They should account for more than 50 percent of usage, and they use hundreds of millions. We think we can start from this point, and these measures may spur non-chain businesses to do the same.”

The EPA's draft bill also calls for at least five percent of the cups used at chain convenience stores and fast food restaurants to be reusable cups starting on Jan. 1, 2023. They must also reduce their annual disposable plastic cup usage by 15 percent. A progressive reduction will be promoted through policy controls.
 

 

 

國內使用一次性杯具氾濫,為此環保署祭出新規定,明年7月起禁用保麗龍飲料杯,另外為鼓勵民眾自備飲料杯,要求自備與未自備飲料杯價差要達5元,對象包括連鎖飲料店、速食店、便利商店與超級市場,這些店家也得不免費提供一次性飲料杯。

民眾高先生表示,5元折扣是吸引消費者的誘因,且環保杯保冰效果更持久。

民眾王小姐則認為:「沒有到說可能到10塊什麼的,就比較可能會覺得有鼓勵。」

不過有業者認為,自備飲料杯要給消費者高達5元價差,有點太高,但目前沒有提高售價的規劃,會在草案預告期間表達意見。

清心福全總監呂謀遠表示:「如果一下子要折扣到這麼大的一個比例,對我們這種平價飲品來講壓力是非常大,至於漲價這件事情,我們目前是沒有考量。」

由於此次規範提供5元價差的對象,只有四大連鎖業者,環保團體看守台灣協會指出,非連鎖店家被排除在外,恐讓減用成效打折扣。環保署則表示,優先從四大連鎖業者實施,希望有帶動作用。

環保署回收基管會副執秘魏文宜說明:「四大連鎖業者應該占超過50%以上用量,以數量來說是上億個,那我們認為是說應該可以從這個部分先行來推動,那這樣推動的措施基本上面,也可以帶動其他非連鎖的飲料店。」

此次草案也要求連鎖便利超商與速食店,112年1月1日起至少5%門市應提供可重複使用的循環杯,而且年度一次用塑膠杯減量比例要達到15%,從政策管制推動逐步減量。

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