Move to get more people to stop using plastic bags

Posted on January 24, 2011. Filed under: Waste |

-The Star-
THE no plastic bag campaign every Saturday is fast gaining popularity in Kuala Lumpur and Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) is hoping to get more KL-ites to embrace the green culture by creating awareness on the positive impact of recycling.

For starters, DBKL will be holding a meeting with shopping complexes, plastic bag manufacturers, residents associations, hawkers and petty traders associations in the city next week to come up with ways to wean off residents from using plastic bags.

DBKL deputy director-general (services) Datuk Amin Nordin said the meeting would be more of a brain-storming session to get feedback from all parties on how to get people to recycle and re-use plastic bags.

On a mission: Alam Flora workers cleaning up Bukit Bintang.

“We are not asking people to stop using plastic bags all together because that will take time. We want to tell people to bring their own bags, be it paper or plastic bags, ,’’ he said.

He added that using reusable bags was the best way to start and gradually move away from using plastic bags altogether.

Amin Nordin was speaking to reporters at the launch of the Bukit Bintang Central Gotong Royong 2011 campaign held on Saturday.

According to Amin Nordin, KL-ites generate 2,000 to 3,000 tonnes of rubbish daily and DBKL spends a whopping RM160mil a year to dispose of the rubbish.

“This number will increase if people continue to do what they do every day. By separating your waste and recycling plastic bags, we can cut down on expenses and use that money for other things,’’ he said.

About 1,000 people from DBKL, Alam Flora, hotels and shopping complexes took part in a massive gotong-royong session aimed at cleaning up Bukit Bintang.

The event was organised by the Bukit Bintang Central Environmental Committee comprising hotels, shopping complexes, hawkers and with co-operation of Alam Flora and DBKL.

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