Taiwan’s EPA urges the public to change their lifelong toilet habits
Hoping to change a cultural standard of putting waste paper in trash cans at home, the Environmental Protection Administration (EPA) has announced a new government policy to be put into effect in June. Have you ever been a public washroom, only to find the bin is overflowing with waste paper? That won’t be a probably later this year if their changes take off.
Starting in June, all public toilets managed by government agencies will provide dissolvable paper and the large-sized trash cans will be replaced with smaller sized ones with a cover. There will also be new signs with a standardized logo explaining to flush used toilet paper. The catch? The paper will be sold in vending machines, so maybe these provisions will be a hit for people who forget to bring their own.
The EPA is also concerned about Taiwanese household habits, urging citizens to switch to dissolvable paper. Last year, Lee Ying-yuan of Yuen Foong Yu Consumer Products Co. spoke at the Legislature’s Social Welfare and Environmental Hygiene Committee (Yes, there’s really a committee for toilet paper.). He talked about his agency’s plan to encourage the flushing of toilet paper and has received remarkable public support.
It’s commonly believed that toilet paper should be thrown into the bin because it can clog the toilet. This is nothing short of the truth. Plumbing in China is quite terrible compared to the Western world and this is no exception. Lee’s experiment results showed that the dissolvable paper is a viable solution to the environmental waste that throwing paper into bins can cause.
The EPA has expressed concerns that the dissolvable paper won’t be broken down once inside a septic tank, yet they’re going ahead with this change for the city anyways.
What’s the worst that could happen?