One more ‘No plastic day’

Selangor mulls extending environmental move to Sundays as well
WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 29, 2012 by Ram Anand


GREEN WAY TO GO: Liu (centre) with Pandamaran residents showing the eco-bags


KLANG: Two years after launching its “No plastic bag day” campaign, the Selangor government is considering extending it to Sundays as well.


This would mean customers, who now pay 20 sen for a plastic bag on Saturdays if they do not bring their own, would also have to pay for one on Sundays.

“The government is seriously considering extending the campaign to two days a week,” state executive councillor for local government, study and research Ronnie Liu said yesterday.

The campaign was launched in early 2010 to urge the public to use paper bags and other biodegradable items as an alternative.

This came after Penang launched its campaign in late 2009, which was extended to three days a week by 2010. Currently, Penang has a “No free plastic bag any day” policy, meaning customers must pay for plastic bags every day of the week.

Liu, who addressed a Press conference on a Women’s Day celebration organised by DAP Pandamaran earlier, said the move was in line with the state’s effort to increase environmental awareness.

However, details of the implementation were in the discussion stage, he said.

Liu, who is also the Pandamaran assemblyman, said he would distribute eco-bags to residents in his constituency next week.

He said the bags, which are easily folded to the size of a tennis ball, would be distributed at the Pandamaran morning market on Sunday as part of the Women’s Day Celebration in Pandamaran.

Free health screenings and a blood donation campaign would also be carried out at a sports complex hall in the area.

The eco-bags will also be distributed at the blood donations campaign, which is expected to draw more than 100 participants.

“The people of Selangor need to be more aware of their health,” he said, adding only vegetarian food would be served during the event.

He said the event was jointly organised with the National Kidney Foundation and this is the fifth time it is being held in this area since its inception last year.


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