EPA to Ban Plastic Straws Triggers a Heated Debate|明年7月起禁塑胶吸管 珍奶怎么喝引热议
The Environmental Protection Administration (EPA) said that, starting July 1 2019, department stores, shopping malls, and fast-food restaurant chains are no longer allowed to provide disposable plastic straws to customers. Here comes the question, without plastic straws, how will people actually drink bubble tea? Certain official from the EPA suggested using spoons while the general manager of I-Mei Foods Co. called on the EPA to consider relaxing their regulations for certain drinks. Many prefer to drink bubble milk tea with large plastic straws. However, the Environmental Protection Administration (EPA) said that, starting July 1 2019, schools, department stores, shopping malls, and fast-food restaurant chains are no longer allowed to provide disposable plastic straws to customers. The regulation will not affect take-away drinks. The announcement has led to discussions on possible alternative solutions. Certain EPA official suggested using spoons. On the other hand, the General Manager of I-MEI Foods Co. posted a Facebook message and called on the EPA to loose the regulation since the bubble milk tea cannot be enjoyed with spoons. We expect after our promotion, people can change their habit and adopt the new regulations. The EPA said that European and North American nations are paying increasing attention to the damage of disposable straws to natural environments, and they hope the public could sacrifice a bit of convenience and consider the many replacements for plastic straws, including straws made of paper, bamboo, silicone glass and stainless steel. Besides, the Ministry of Health and Welfare will work with local health bureaus to ensure food safety pertaining to using different kinds of straws. I hope the government enforces their supervision on the production process of making stainless steel straws. I use stainless steel straws at home instead of plastic ones anyway, so I'm in favor of the government's new regulations. The EPA stressed that the new regulation aims to reduce the usage of disposable plastic straws and the damage to the environment. The EPA also said they are open to suggestions within 60 days and then will hold public hearings to gather information or opinions contributed to this agenda.