No more free food served in polystyrene and plastic containers

Selayang Municipal Council workers carrying out massive clean up operation at a river near Batu Cave temple after Thaipusam.

Non-governmental organisations (NGOs) distributing free food during Thaipusam at Batu Cave would no longer be allowed to use polystyrene and plastic containers from next year.

Selayang Municipal Council (MPS) imposed the ban after they found the collection of the Thaipusam garbage at the venue had gone up to 400 tonnes, compared with 320 tonnes last year.

MPS president said the garbage produced during the two weeks of Thaipusam equalled the rubbish collected for a day by the council throughout Selayang, including Rawang, Kepong, Sungai Buloh, Kuang, Kundang, Batu Arang and Templer’s Park.

“Most of the garbage collected were polystyrene, plastic plates, cups and bowls distribution by the NGOs to devotees, tourists and locals during the festival."

He said the ban can help to reduce the amount of garbage produced.

He said NGOs are encouraged to use recyclable plates, bowls and cups to serve their food instead.

MPS, he said, allowed 25 NGOs to distribute free food and drinks during this festival but only a few took the initiative to reduce the waste and try to make it a green Thaipusam.


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