No free plastic bags for Penang from today

Posted on January 1, 2011. Filed under: Waste |

(Bernama) — From today, shoppers will have to bring their own tote bags as the Penang government’s “No Free Plastic Bags Every Day of the Week” campaign comes into force in the state.

Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng said the no free plastic bags ruling applied to all hypermarkets, supermarkets, pharmacies, fast food outlets, nasi kandar restaurants and convenience stores (including at petrol stations).

“Mini-markets and sole proprietorships will also be asked to do the same on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays when they renew their yearly licences,” he told reporters after launching the campaign here today.

However, he said hawkers and stallholders at markets were exempt from the ruling.

Following the move, shoppers insisting on being provided plastic bags will have to pay 20 sen a piece.

Prior to this, the Penang government had implemented no plastics bags for shoppers initially one day a week and followed up by making it three days a week.

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