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Taipei City to reward individuals who report face mask litterers to authorities

Individuals who report mask litterers to the authorities would receive a reward aanounced by the Taipei City local government, Taiwan News reported.

The city encouraged ita citizens to record or take photos of any mask littering acts and those who did will be rewarded with 30percent of the fines issued to the offenders, in cash.

Offenders and litterers would be fined NT$3,600 up to 6,000. Following further discussion amongst Cabinet's Environmental Protection Administration (EPA) officials, the minimum fine for mask littering has now been raised to NT$3,600 from NT$1,200. EPA raised the minimum fine to discourage such behavior.

The Taipei City government pointed out that discarded masks are considered general waste and should be thrown away in regular garbage bins. It added that discarding face masks on public property is dangerous because there could be remnants of the virus on their surface, the report says.

In response to the violations, the bureau said they will step up enforcement of the Waste Disposal Act. 

They have also sent out volunteers to public transit stations and hospitals to spread the message that "littering discarded face masks is scarier than not wearing one."


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