TheStar 24 May 2010 Stuart Michael
THE Selangor government is planning to make the “No Plastic Bag Day Every Saturday” extended to weekdays.
According to the state Consumer Affairs and Environment Committee chairman Elizabeth Wong, the state will be looking into launching Phase Two of the No Plastic Bag Day campaign soon. “Currently, we are discussing with shopping complexes and supermarkets to extend the campaign. Once a week is just not enough,’’ Wong said during the launch of the campaign at The Store in Sungai Buloh on Saturday.
Also present were The Store group operations director Kam Teh Chung, The Store Central District assistant general manager, The Store ambassador Adibah Noor, Subang MP R. Sivarasa’s aide Peter Chong and representatives from the Shah Alam City Council. More than 75 shoppers from 300 shopping complexes and supermarkets are taking part in the “No Plastic Bag Day Every Saturday” campaign which has saved about two million plastic bags so far since its launch on May 8.
Wong said the campaign had received encouraging response from shoppers.
“This campaign is aimed at reducing the usage of plastic bags in Selangor that is seriously affecting environment. “I am happy with supermarkets, shopping complexes and even shoppers for taking the initiative to make this campaign successful,” she said. Every Saturday, customers bring their own bags for shopping but those who still want to use plastic bags can purchase them at 20 sen each.
The money collected will be given to Corporate Social Responsibility projects, NGOs or charity organisation that are involved in environmental projects. The campaign had already been implemented at Jusco outlets in Penang and Selangor.