No free plastic bags on Saturdays in Malaysian supermarkets

Posted on January 3, 2011. Filed under: Waste |

KUALA LUMPUR – Malaysians will now have to pay 20 sen ($0.08) for each plastic bag when they shop on Saturdays at hypermarkets, supermarkets and service stations run by Petronas, in a bid by the government to reduce the use of plastic bags.

The amount collected from the sale of plastic bags will go into a fund to benefit the environment and community, The Star newspaper reported yesterday.

-TODAYonline- The initiative by the Domestic Trade, Cooperatives and Consumerism Ministry came as a surprise and has prompted unhappiness in Selangor, which has banned free plastic bags on Saturdays since January last year.

Shoppers in Penang, however, have to pay for their plastic bags every day of the week, after the state’s “No Plastic Bag” policy came into effect on Jan 1. The policy has upset plastic industry players, who have vowed to distribute 30,000 free bags in defiance of the move, The Star said.

Some eight billion plastic bags are used each year in Malaysia, according to the report.

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