In response to the COVID-19 epidemic, the EPA indicated that regulated enterprises that are prohibited to use disposable tableware made of various materials can now apply to their local competent authorities to be exempt from this prohibition in accordance with the regulations if they have the need to switch back to using disposable tableware after taking their tableware-washing capability into account. Once approved, they are allowed to use disposable tableware made of materials other than plastics for up to 90 days. When the exemption period is up, they can apply again.
In accordance with the announcement above, to ensure food safety and prevent the epidemic from spreading, local competent authorities can allow some or all of the government agencies, public or private schools, department stores, shopping centers or hypermarkets in their jurisdiction to provide disposable tableware within a certain period of time. The permission shall be reported to the central competent authority for reference.
The EPA urges all food and beverage enterprises to wash tableware according to the Operating Guidelines for Good Tableware Washing of the Taiwan Food and Drug Administration, Ministry of Health and Welfare. When this is combined with environmental cleanup and disinfection, the safety of people eating out can be ensured.
Excerpt from Major Environmental Policies, June 2021
- Environmental Protection Administration, R.O.C.(Taiwan)