Garbage re­ported to be pil­ing up on Liouciou Is­land

The China Post - - LOCAL -

Liouciou ) Town­ship in Ping­tung ( ) County, a small tourist is­land off Tai­wan’s south­west­ern coast, has not been able to dis­pose of its garbage for four months due to a short­age of funds, of­fi­cials said Fri­day.

An es­ti­mated 850 tons of garbage have piled up on the is­land, caus­ing a bad smell that lo­cal res­i­dents fear will af­fect the is­land’s

( boom­ing tourist in­dus­try.

Although the town­ship only has a pop­u­la­tion of 5,000, it re­ceived 400,000 tourists last year alone.

The prob­lem has drawn wide­spread public at­ten­tion af­ter the United Daily News ran a front­page story on the is­land’s plight Fri­day.

The town­ship’s garbage is usu­ally shipped to Ping­tung County for incineration, but the dis­posal process has been suspended since Jan­uary be­cause the Ping­tung County gov­ern­ment did not bud­get funds to cover re­lated ex­penses for 2015, ac­cord­ing to town­ship chief Chen Lung-chin ( ).

Although Liouciou Town­ship’s garbage dis­posal ex­penses are sub­si­dized by the En­vi­ron­men­tal Pro­tec­tion Ad­min­is­tra­tion (EPA,

), the Ping­tung County gov­ern- ment is sup­posed to also ear­mark a bud­get to en­sure there is money to cover the ex­penses be­fore the sub­sidy be­comes avail­able, Chen ex­plained.

The EPA only ap­proved this year’s sub­sidy on March 17, and the town­ship will only be al­lowed to draw on the funds af­ter ob­tain­ing ap­proval from the Liouciou Town­ship Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Coun­cil on April 20, he said.

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