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* 32 Shopping Center Cafeterias Promote Green Chopstick Program 2010/1/1
 
The EPA held a chopstick reduction program inviting department stores and wholesale stores with cafeterias to implement a chopstick-free voluntary waste reduction measure. The cafeterias agreed to provide washable chopsticks and not automatically give out disposable chopsticks with takeout food. A total of 32 enterprises participated with Pacific Sogo Department Store, Shin Shin Department Store, New Taimall Global Companys Nankan branch, Ming Yao Department Store, and Taipei Financial Center Corporation taking the lead in responding to the source reduction policy by providing washable chopsticks in their cafeterias before this agreement with the EPA. The other 27 enterprises will begin implementing this policy in 2010. 
 
Aiming to conserve resources and reduce the use of disposable products, from July 2008 the EPA implemented a policy asking four of the largest convenience store chains to not automatically give disposable chopsticks to customers. The same policy is now expanded to include department store cafeterias. The policy is estimated to cut the use of 44 Activities million pairs of chopsticks and reduce 350 tonnes of waste. This is equivalent to preventing the felling of 11,000 twentyyear-old trees, and the emission of 320 tonnes of carbon dioxide 
.(Published on EPA web)
   
 
 
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