TAIPEI (The China Post) – The general penalty for tossing cigarette butts is NT$1,200 in Taiwan. If a person successfully reports such a case, however, he or she will receive NT$480 minus taxes.

綜合媒體報導,台灣亂丟菸蒂裁罰1200元,扣除稅金,檢舉人每件可實拿 480 元。

According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in Miaoli County, 10 to 20 informants report smokers tossing their cigarette butts every month, including some who report between 100 and 200 cases each time.

根據苗栗縣環保局統計,每個月約有 10 到 20 人檢舉亂丟菸蒂,甚至有人一次就檢舉 1、200 件。

Most people have a cellphone nowadays. They can take photos and shoot films, meaning that informants could be anywhere around us.

現代人手一支手機,隨著拍照、錄影功能越來越發達,檢舉達人可能就在你我身旁。

Well, some people also take reporting as their main occupation, including a cigarette butt buster in Toufen Township in Miaoli County who has been reporting such crimes for seven years.

不過,竟有人將檢舉當成職業,在頭份地區有一名從事檢舉工作 7 年的專業檢舉達人。

Whenever he spots people smoking while riding a scooter or driving a car with the windows rolled down, he would follow them until they discard the cigarette butt on the street, capture the evidence, and then report about the case.

只要有人邊騎車邊抽菸,或駕駛將車窗打開抽菸,他就會一路跟拍,若有亂丟菸蒂的情形,便會立刻拍下檢舉。

One informant reportedly earns up to NT$100,000 a month, which is much higher than the average salary of most office workers. The news surprised many netizens who commented: “Might as well just change my profession and go do that!”

每月獎金收入超過10萬元,比一般上班族薪水還高,讓網友看了直呼:「這麼好賺,改行算了!」

The EPA said the public in addition to receiving a fine for tossing cigarette butts, the behavior itself can cause environmental pollution and block drainage ditches.

環保局也提醒,亂丟菸蒂除了會被罰款,更會造成排水溝阻塞及各種環境污染。

It is, therefore, important for everyone not to be sloppy and lazy, harm the environment and lose money on this matter, the EPA said.

環保局呼籲民眾不要因一時的偷懶髒了環境,更讓荷包大失血。