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* Disposable utensils limited at school cafeterias 2006/9/4
 
By Shelley Shan 
STAFF REPORTER  
Friday, Sep 01, 2006,Page 2 
 
Starting today, school cafeterias will no longer be allowed to provide disposable utensils, with exceptions for take-out orders. 
 
The Environmental Protection Administration announced the policy earlier this year. It will be implemented in two stages. 
 
Chang Hsu-chang (i), a spokesman for the administration's waste management department, said the policy applied to cafeterias at all levels of academic institutions, including primary schools, middle schools and colleges. 
 
The administration will issue warnings to institutions which violate the rule for the first time. Should the school cafeterias fail to rectify the situation, they will face fines of NT$1,200 to NT$6,000, Chang said. 
 
Primary and middle schools around the country opened on Wednesday. It is uncertain whether all schools will be able to carry out the policy, as 40 percent of the administration's budget has been frozen, including funding to support the new policy. 
 
Local environmental protection bureaus will begin inspections and promotions in school cafeterias this week. 
 
Cafeterias at government organizations stopped using disposable utensils in July. Within the first week, the administration had inspected 500 cafeterias and issued five warnings. 
 
At a recent public hearing, manufacturers of disposable utensils told the Environmental Protection Administration that the policy would damage their livelihood, while environmental protection groups suggested that the government ban the use of disposable utensils for take-out orders as well.  
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(Published on TaipeiTimes)
Students wait for their lunch at a university dormitory in Taipei yesterday. Starting today, school cafeterias can only provide disposable utensils for take-out orders.
Students wait for their lunch at a university dormitory in Taipei yesterday. Starting today, school cafeterias can only provide disposable utensils for take-out orders.
   
 
 
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