Penang: No plastic bags starting next year

Posted on November 2, 2010. Filed under: Waste |

– The Sun- GEORGE TOWN (Nov 2, 2010): Starting Jan 1, Penangites must bring a bag along whenever they go shopping as the No Plastic Bags campaign has been extended to every day.

From next year, all hypermarkets, supermarkets, departmental stores, pharmacies, fast food chains, nasi kandar chains, chain stores and petrol station kiosks will have to implement the No Plastic Bags ruling every day.

As for mini markets and small enterprises, they are required to fulfil the condition of implementing No Plastic Bags three days a week, from Monday to Wednesday, in order to renew their licences.

Announcing this when tabling the state budget for 2011, Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng said feedback from 73 participants of the Declaration to Reduce the Use of Plastic Bags has shown that a total of 32 million plastic bags were saved under the No Plastic Bags programme between July 1, 2009 and Oct 26 this year.

Under the state’s environmental programmes initiative, an environment resource centre will be set up in Tanjung Bungah under the Penang Island Municipal council’s Local Agenda 21.

The centre will produce EM mudball and garbage enzyme and set up a nursery for trees.

Lim said both the Penang Island Municipal Council and Seberang Perai Municipal Council will be giving 50% discount to hawkers for their licence as an incentive to reduce the use of plastic bags and to ensure the cleanliness of their premises and surroundings.

“Another programme in the planning stage is the ‘100 steps for cleanliness’ programme where a plastic rubbish disposal facility will be placed at every 100 steps,” he said.

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