Trash Piling Up in Lishan Following Road Damage|雨斷中橫便道 福壽山轉運站堆650噸垃圾
After heavy rains damaged a shortcut on the Cross-Island Central Highway in mid-May, there was no way to transport trash off the mountain. In the close to two months since, the volume of trash at the trash transport station on Fushou Mountain has reached 650 tons. Taichung City Mayor Lu Shiow-yen inspected Lishan recently and activated NT$1 million in reserve funds to remove the trash. However, local groups say a trash collection station should be set up instead. They also say the "trash doesn't touch the ground" policy should be adjusted.
An excavator piles more trash on top of the mini-mountain of existing trash. This is the trash transport station of famed scenic destination Fushou Mountain. Local guesthouses say it is peak tourist season and tourists are making the problem worse.
(Tourists) are consumers. They buy a shaken beverage, and the cup becomes trash.
The Lishan area produces 12 tons of trash a day during peak tourist season in the summer, and 8 to 10 tons a day in low season. The station has a capacity of 800 tons. Over 650 tons of trash have accumulated since torrential rains damaged a Cross-Island Central Highway shortcut in mid-May. The city government has considered removing the trash through Yilan, but had to scrap the idea due to the exorbitant cost.
(The Taichung City Government) and Lize (in Yilan) discussed it, using (Yilan's) fee schedule (for outside municipalities). It would have cost over NT$2,000 (per ton).
As Lishan is part of Taichung, the trash has to be transported to Taichung's Houli Incineration Plant. At present, only 12 tons of trash make it off the mountain a week while more trash keeps piling up. Local groups say people are now throwing their trash in the ravine along Provincial Highway 7A.
If there were a trash collection station there, (local residents) could bring four or five days' worth of trash there and the garbage truck could pick it up directly and transport it to the collection station at Fushan Farm (instead of having residents discarding their trash indiscriminately wherever they want).
Local groups say garbage trucks can only use Provincial Highways 7 and 8 and can't always reach Lishan. In addition, the "trash doesn't touch the ground" policy is making things worse because residents aren't always free during trash collection time. The city government says it will use NT$1 million in reserve funds for trash removal and it will consult with local residents about supplementary measures.
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