Taiwan's environmental agency announced it will increase recycling fees for bioplastic containers next year in effort to reach packaging reduction targets

LOS ANGELES , December 30, 2011 () – Taiwan’s Environmental Protection Administration (EPA) announced on Dec. 30 that it plans to increase recycling fees for certain materials, including bioplastic containers, in 2012, the Central News Agency reported Dec. 30.

Manufacturers will pay these fees, which will be distributed to several recycling trust funds.

The agency said the higher fees should serve as an incentive to encourage recycling, which will help it meet the plastic packaging reduction targets it announced last week.

By the end of 2012, the EPA hopes to reduce the use of plastic packaging materials in big-box retailers and supermarkets by 40% and seeks to cut product packaging by 80% by 2013, according to the article.

Other materials that will see higher recycling fees include light bulbs, fluorescent light tubes and raw materials, said Ma Nien-he, an agency official.

The primary source of this article is the Central News Agency, Taipei, Taiwan, on Dec. 30, 2011.

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