Taipei to accept New Taipei trash bags, vice versa

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TAIPEI (CNA) – Trash bags sold in New Taipei will become cheaper, while the Taipei City government will accept trash bags certified by the New Taipei City government and vice versa, New Taipei Mayor Hou You-yi (侯友宜) said today.

Starting May 1, the New Taipei City government will lower the price of its certified trash bags from NT$0.4 (US$0.01) per liter to NT$0.36 per liter, Hou announced after a meeting with Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je (柯文哲).

The price cut will end a price gap between trash bags in New Taipei and Taipei, and all trash bags certified by the two city governments can be used in either city, Hou said.

The new policy will also cover “dual-purpose” bags that function both as shopping bags and trash bags, Hou said.

“Even if the cost of waste management is too high to make trash bags cheaper, the New Taipei City government will proceed with the policy by subsidizing the price cut,” Hou said.

For his part, Ko said in a joint press conference that “accepting trash bags from New Taipei is no big deal if we communicate well in advance.” Chiang Chih-wei (蔣志薇), head of the New Taipei City government’s Department of Information, said after the meeting that the two city governments will also talk about the design of a new unified trash bag for the two cities.

Taipei and New Taipei currently require residents to store and dispose of their garbage in certified trash bags that have to be purchased.

In 2018, the two cities separately issued their own “dual-purpose” bags sold at hypermarkets, supermarkets and convenience stores in a measure aimed at reducing the use of plastic bags.

However, Taipei and New Taipei did not unify the use and prices of their certified trash bags due to differing costs of waste management. This has caused inconvenience because city residents are not allowed to use trash bags bought in the other city.

By Liang Pei-chi and Chi Jo-yao