Doing their bit for Mother Earth: Shoppers at a hypermarket packing their purchases into recyclable bags that they brought along with them. – filepic
PASIR GUDANG: Consumers in Johor are encouraged to bring their own bags when out shopping at hypermarkets and supermarkets starting from July 1.
Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Mohamed Khaled Nordin said those buying food for takeaways from food operators should also consider bringing their own tiffin carriers or food containers.
“We all can play our part to save the environment and make Johor plastic and polystyrene-free,” he said.
Mohamed Khaled said this after presenting duit raya and goodies worth RM80,000 to 400 recipients from less fortunate families.
The event was organised by Yayasan Pasir Gudang at Taman Cendana here.
Also present at the event were Pasir Gudang MP Datuk Normala Abdul Samad and Pasir Gudang Municipal Council president Hasrin Kamal Hashim.
He said the decision by Johor for all hypermarkets and supermarkets to replace plastic bags and polystyrene containers with biodegradable ones beginning next month was made after careful consideration.
“We did not simply come out with the ruling. It will be good for Johor and the environment and each of us have to play out part to support the initiative,” said Mohamed Khaled.
He said eventually, the cost of producing biodegradable plastic bags and food containers would come down when demand for such products increased.
Mohamed Khaled said the local councils would have to spend extra money to dispose non-biodegradable plastic bags and polystyrene food containers.
He said plastic and polystyrene did not break down naturally, and can remain an environmental hazard for hundreds of years, clogging up drains and rivers.
“We will monitor the situation and see how effective the ruling for hypermarkets and supermarkets is before extending the ruling to cover wet markets in Johor,” said Mohamed Khaled.