Group upset over plastic bag ban

Posted on December 20, 2010. Filed under: Environmental Policy |

-The Star-

Raising awareness: Tan showing one of the plastic bags which will be distributed to the public every Sunday for five weeks.

THE Malaysian Plastics Manufacturers Association (MPMA) is disappointed with Penang’s decision to ban plastic bags as it believes the authorities have been influenced by some misconceptions.

Its northern branch chairman Tan Wee Ming said there had been no real and firm reason given for the ban other than plastic bags were bad because they were non-biodegradable and were the cause of littering.

He said it was true that plastic like any other material did have adverse impact on the environment, if not properly managed.

“This is why we have been promoting the 3R concept of reduce, reuse and recycle to reduce the impact on the environment,” he told a press conference at the MPMA office in Taman Bagan on Saturday after the launching of the ‘Addressing the Myths on Plastic Bags’ awareness campaign.

He said the campaign was aimed at creating awareness amongst the public that plastic bags were not as bad as being portrayed.

Tan said 30,000 recycled plastic bags would be given away each Sunday and the campaign would end on Jan 16.

The bags will carry messages on the myths and facts of plastic bags based on studies made. The messages will be printed in Chinese, Malay and English.

“The bags will be given away with newspapers each Sunday for five weeks,” Tan said.

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