TAIPEI, Taiwan — The Environmental Protection Administration (EPA) will launch a nationwide beach clean-up campaign today in which it will mobilize 20,000 volunteers to pick up trash on about 1,000 kilometers of coastline and riverbanks around the country.

Volunteers will be assembled from villages, boroughs, communities, schools and coastline administration units and private enterprises in the country’s 25 cities and counties, including the outlying island counties of Penghu, Kinmen and Lienchiang, the EPA announced in a statement yesterday.

The clean-up drive is slated to run until June 5. The statement indicated the time and location for the sequence of activities will be made available on the EPA’s Website. As part of the drive, a large-scale beach cleanup will be staged this Sunday on the coast of the Yung An fishing port in the northern county of Taoyuan, according to the statement.

After the cleanups, the EPA will hold an awards ceremony on June 5, World Environment Day, to honor three administrative municipalities with outstanding performance during the drive.

A subsidy of NT$500,000 will be given to each of the three municipalities which do a good job in organizing its local campaign. Another six municipalities with impressive performance will be given NT$300,000 each, the statement said.

Since Taiwan’s beautiful coastlines and beaches are its most precious resources, the EPA encouraged the public to take part in the campaign in order to ensure the resources are well maintained in terms of water quality and general cleanliness, the statement added.