Only 10% of Consumers Willing to Use Reusable Cups 桃市超商循環杯使用率僅1成 成效受質疑

The Taoyuan City Government spent NT$2 million on its reusable cup scheme, but convenience stores say only 10 percent of customers are willing to use the cups. 


According to official statistics, Taiwan uses and discards four billion disposable cups a year. Most consumers are not willing to use reusable cups due to hygiene concerns.

Citizen: “It doesn't seem like a good idea, hygiene-wise. Yeah. (So you have concerns? Like what?) Like, are they cleaned or disinfected properly?”

Citizen: “There are still hygiene concerns, because you don't know if the stores cleaned or disinfected them properly. So, I still bring my own cup or buy a disposable cup.”

Last year, Taoyuan became the first special municipality to pass autonomous carbon reduction laws. It also allocated NT$2 million to a reusable cup borrowing program. According to statistics, however, only 10 percent of consumers are willing to use reusable cups.

Lee Mei-chih, Section Chief, Dept. of Environmental Protection, Taoyuan City: “We expanded the scheme to 40 beverage stores in Zhongli's Liuhe shopping district this year. We saw the number of users surpass 10,000.”

Hsieh Ho-lin, Secretary-General, Taiwan Watch: “They won't think it's a hassle if it's in a busy shopping district or night market. When I'm done browsing at the night market, I'm also done with my beverage and I can return the cup. You just have to put your stations at good locations and not give consumers the choice of using single-use cups.”

Taiwan Watch says wider availability and not giving consumers the choice of disposable cups are the keys to success. The Department of Environmental Protection says 40 beverage stores in the Liuhe shopping area have signed on to the scheme and the cups are being cleaned by a professional cleaning company. It hopes the initiative will prompt more consumers to bring their own cups.

 

 

走進超商,來一杯咖啡。根據環保署推估,台灣每年免洗杯消耗量40億杯,但針對超商推循環杯租借,大部份民眾擔心清潔問題,接受度不是很高。

民眾表示:「重複使用,我覺得這樣好像比較不衛生。因為有沒有洗乾淨呀,有沒有消毒。」

另一名民眾也認為:「還是會有那種衛生問題啦,因為你也不曉得店家是有幫做好消毒清潔這樣。所以還是會偏向自己準備杯子,不然就是還是會買那種一次性的。」

桃園去(2021)年率先六都,修法通過《桃園市發展低碳綠色城市自治條例修正案》。市府今年循環杯預算就有200萬元,但根據超商統計,只有約1成民眾願使用,遭批成效差。

桃市環保局一般廢棄物管理科長李美質指出:「今年也擴大辦理,新增中壢區的六合商圈的飲料店業者,共計有40家業者,我們的使用人數也破萬人數。」

看守台灣秘書長謝和霖說:「在密集的商圈、密集的夜市,他就不會覺得麻煩,我逛好夜市剛好把飲料喝完就還。就是說你在一些可行的地方,就不要讓民眾有選擇的使用免洗杯的一個選項。」

看守台灣建議,循環杯使用要擴大密集的點,以及不要有免洗杯選項,才能有效推廣循環杯使用。環保局也表示,目前增加六合商圈推廣,40間店家響應,也強調委請專業廠商清洗、進行完整清洗作業流程,也說到循環杯使用概念和在小吃店使用非一次性餐盤概念一樣,最終希望民眾從源頭養成自帶杯的消費習慣。