Two convenience stores in the area surrounding Taoyuan City Hall have implemented the new environmental policy, offering consumers reusable cups starting April 21.
When buying coffee or tea at the stores, customers can easily borrow these eco-friendly cups by downloading an app and scanning the barcode on their cell phones at the cashier.
To celebrate Earth Day, Taoyuan mayor Cheng Wen-tsan (鄭文燦) went to one of the stores Wednesday to promote the new practice.
He said that the policy will apply to the rest of the convenience stores in Taoyuan, hoping to make recycled beverage containers a more common trend in the future.
Cheng pointed out that Taoyuan was the first city to establish a recycling container rental system in November last year, and the optimized 2.0 system is now being tried out at the Family Market as well as the 7-11 in the Taoyuan City Hall area.
The practice is expected to be expanded to 10 stores within 3 months in hopes of reducing the number of disposable paper and plastic cups.
Cheng mentioned that the 4 main convenience store brands combined had wasted a total of 450 million disposable beverage cups every year. The store near the city hall that launched the new model used to waste 500 cups a day.
Cheng expressed hope to put forward low-carbon policies to regulate beverage chains and convenience stores with large use of disposable containers to provide recycled cups, in order to achieve the plastic-free goal set by the Environmental Protection Administration (EPA,環保署) by 2030.
The Taoyuan Environmental Protection Bureau (桃園環保局) explained that the 2.0 rental model doesn’t require any deposit from the consumers, furthermore, 500 limited coupons will be distributed which offers a NT$10 discount every time a customer rents a cup.
Customers just need to add “Good Box” (好盒器) on the Line app on their phones, click on “Recycling Cup Taoyuan” (循環杯桃園), then follow the rental steps and choose the borrowing and returning options, before scanning the barcode at the cashiers to complete the process.
Customers can also return the cups by putting them directly into the return box in the store.