Ban on polystyrene

Posted on June 25, 2010. Filed under: Waste |

Government hospitals in Penang have been given until August to ban the use of polystyrene containers on their premises.

Private hospitals in the state have already pledged to take part in the Cleaner, Greener Penang initiative by taking steps to ban the use of polystyrene containers in the hospitals.

“We are in discussions with the health department to get government hospitals here to follow suit and stop the use of polystyrene containers on their premises,” said state health, welfare, caring society and environment committee chairman Phee Boon Poh.

He said government hospitals may need some time to adjust and educate patients on the ban on the use of polystyrene containers.

“We will give them time to create awareness and we hope they are able to do it by August,” he said.

Meanwhile, all hawkers in food courts under the Penang Island and Seberang Perai municipal councils have been reminded to stop using polystyrene containers from July 1.

“They will not be allowed to use polystyrene containers from next month onwards and they have to use environmentally-friendly containers instead,” he said.

Phee said arrangements have been made with the suppliers of eco-friendly containers to provide special discounts for hawkers.

“My office will issue discount coupons for the hawkers to buy the containers at a discounted rate,” he said.

He said hawkers who feel it is too expensive to use eco-friendly containers may charge their customers between 20 sen and 30 sen for the containers.

“They should encourage their customers to use their own tiffin carriers or charge them for polystyrene containers,” he said.

He urged the public to support the no-polystyrene initiative as it is for the good of the environment.

“Consumers can also choose not to buy from hawkers or food stalls that still use polystyrene containers so that more hawkers and food sellers will make the switch to eco-friendly containers,” he said. — theSun


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