Homeowner, City Personnel Clash over Clutter 騎樓堆雜物居民憂公安 環保局強制移除

The issue of hoarding junk hit the headlines after a fire broke out at a Taichung apartment building whose stairwells were filled with clutter on March 6. On March 15, personnel from the city's Environmental Protection Bureau removed piles of junk from the arcade of a residence on Taiwan Boulevard.


Ms. He is the owner of this residence. Her motorbike is piled high with recyclables. On March 15, personnel from Taichung's Environmental Protection Bureau came to her residence on Taiwan Boulevard to forcibly clear away the junk stacked up under the arcade.

Ms. He, Homeowner: “Stop filming me. Why do you keep filming me? I'm not running for office.”

He owns this five-story residence located on a corner. The first floor shop front once commanded a monthly rent of NT$180,000. However, He kept large piles of recyclables both inside and outside. On March 6, a fire broke out at an apartment building whose stairwells were similarly filled with clutter, and this issue has been hotly debated since.

Resident: “There is clutter filling the entire front of the building. It extends all the way here. (What kind of clutter is there?) Recyclables. We live nearby, and we often feel wonder why there are so many piles of trash outside this building when we pass by.”

Wang Sheng-wei, Chief, Fuya Borough, Xitun District, Taichung City: “The Environmental Protection Bureau clears things away and disinfects every other Thursday. However, she just continues hoarding, which makes things difficult for us. ”

He said part of the junk under the arcade was maliciously discarded by other people. However, the bureau said piling up junk under a public arcade is a violation of the Waste Disposal Act and she was fined 30 times for a total of NT$106,800 between 2015 and 2020. She refused to pay the fines, and NT$30,000 have already been forcibly collected. At present, the police are helping to clear away the junk and anything that clutters up the arcade can be removed.

Chen I-hsing, Director, Xitun District Cleaning Team: “It's a private space, and this building belongs to her. That's why we can't get involved.”

The bureau said there is only one owner and the building is legally recognized as a privately-owned townhouse. As such, it can't apply the Condominium Administration Act Building Administration Division to the junk inside. It can only strengthen the supervision of the public spaces.

 

 

 

屋主何小姐摩托車上的回收物,滿到不能再滿,情緒相當激動。台中環保局人員15日上午再一次來到了她位於台灣大道的住所,要強制移除放在騎樓下的雜物。

屋主何小姐說:「別一直拍啦,拍一張就好,拍那麼多幹嘛,我又沒有要選民意代表。」

何小姐擁有街角這棟5層樓建築,1樓店面月租金曾喊到18萬元,但她卻長年在內外堆放了大量的資源回收物。台中興中街大火之後,引發附近民眾議論紛紛。

當地住戶指出:「整個外面都是啊,連這邊都是啊。就是那些回收的東西,只是我們住這附近,常常路過會覺得很好奇,為什麼這棟房子外面堆一堆垃圾。」

台中西屯區福雅里里長王勝偉回應:「(環保局)每兩週的星期四清完之後,消毒完,那她還是會繼續囤回來,所以我們其實也是非常的困擾。」

何小姐強調,騎樓有部分雜物是其他人惡意丟棄。但台中市環保局表示,何姓屋主在公共騎樓處堆積雜物,依廢清法2015年到2020年已對何姓婦人處分30件、裁罰10萬6800元,屋主拒繳而移送強制執行達3萬元。目前是配合警方清道專案,只要有占用騎樓事實就會來清除。

台中市環保局西屯區清潔隊長陳益興說:「因為它是私人空間,還是只她個人而已,這棟是她個人,所以這部分我們不介入。」

環保局強調,因為該建築為同一產權,法律上認定為私有透天建築,建築內部堆置回收物的行為,無法以公寓大廈管理條例來規範,只能針對公共空間加強管理。

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