THE Ipoh City Council will start the ball rolling by asking its staff to bring their own food and drink containers for take-away purposes.
Mayor Datuk Zamri Man said this is in line with the campaign to educate the public to do away with polystyrene containers and plastic bags.
He said the state government has declared a total ban on the use of both the items beginning June next year.
The public will have to use biodegradable containers or their own shopping bags when the move is enforced.
Zambri said, for a start he will request the city council’s staff to bring their own containers in order to pack food from either the council’s canteen or elsewhere.
He said people must not be shy or embarrassed to bring their own food containers, but instead play their part in keeping the environment clean and green.
“I myself bring my own water bottle or food container to work at times.
“Maybe we will also ask the canteen operator at the council to give a discount on the food if the staff use their own containers.
“We need to change our mindset because only then will we be able to adapt to new circumstances and policies,” he told a press conference after the council’s monthly full-board meeting on Thursday.
He said it would also be a good move to ask staff of government departments and agencies to bring their own containers for take-away purposes for a start.
Zamri was responding to questions posed on the alternatives available besides the biodegradable containers, which were costly.
He said prior to the ban, the council will be educating people about the move through various forums, and during the monthly Car-Free Day event.
“The majority of the people support the move by the government, and we are positive that the ban will go smoothly,” he added.
On another matter, Zamri said, for the first time the council has issued certificates to the management bodies of high- and medium-cost developments that have achieved four-star ratings under the Strata Title Buildings Management Quality Index Evaluation.
He said 18 developments in the city achieved the four-star rating during the evaluation carried out last year.
He said another five developments achieved a three-star rating, while one other development received a two-star rating.
Zamri said to receive a four-star rating, the management body must score between 70% and 89% in the evaluation.
“Among the criteria for the rating include the setting up of a management body, its financial standings, maintenance, risk and safety management and well-being of the residents,” he added.
After the full board meeting, he presented the certificates to the top-three management bodies, as well as several other management bodies who achieved a four-star rating.
The top three management bodie exceeded the expectations within the category. First place went to Golf Vista Apartment, followed by Alpine Village Apartments, and Prima Ipoh.
During the ceremony, Zamri also awarded “Grade A” certificates to 18 representatives of various food outlets.
He said a total of 199 premises are eligible to receive the “Grade A” certificate, and the certificates will be handed out in stages.
Zamri said the evaluation of the eateries was carried out from June 1, 2014 until March 31 this year, and a total of 2,235 food outlets were inspected.
Some 1,631 premises are categorised under Grade B, 393 outlets Grade C, and 12 outlets did not receive any ratings, as the premises were found to be dirty.