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Published: Sunday January 3, 2010 MYT 8:37:00 PM
By SHAUN HO
PETALING JAYA: The ‘No Plastic Bag’ day was implemented in Selangor but many shoppers were caught unaware of the declaration made by the Selangor state government on Dec 20.
Effective Jan 1, a ‘No Plastic Bag’ day would be observed every Saturday and retailers and shopping centres throughout the state were urged to reduce the use of plastic bags.
Carrefour stores in Selangor started their no plastic bag campaign on Saturday with little incidence.
“We did have a few complaints about the plastic bags but it is a matter of educating the public,” said public relations manager Salmieah Mohd Zin.
She said that employees at their store in Tropicana City Mall were circulating flyers on Saturday to notify customers about the move while buntings and posters were also placed at other locations.
She added that the store in Bangsar South shopping centre had been bag free since it opened last year and only provided carton boxes for its customers.
She said that most Carrefour stores in the Klang Valley have been plastic bag free since last year and they were gradually phasing plastic bags out of their chain.
“Our target is to have no plastic bags in Carrefour Malaysia by 2012,” she said.
Customers who insist on plastic bags will have to pay 10 sen per bag.
However, Giant will only implementing their “no plastic bag” days on Jan 9.
Giant marketing manager Ho Mun Hao said that the chain would be starting their campaign this Saturday.
He said that Penang had promoted their campaign very well through many road shows and was starting to enforce it.
“We will be sending managers down to the counters to inform and assist customers to make it less painful for them,” said Ho.
“We will prepare carton boxes for customers to pack their things. Plastic bags will still be available for 20 sen but we will be selling reusable bags at RM1.99,” Ho added.
He also said that Cold Storage would also observe the no plastic bag Saturday. Currently, Cold Storage does not give out plastic bags on Thursdays.
Convenience store chain 7-11 will also be starting their no plastic bag campaign this Saturday, its website said.
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