Councils adopt various strategies to go green

Azman (standing) with MDHS councillor Omapparao Balakrishnan, who brought a banana leaf and a bamboo cup to the Hulu Selangor District Council

While some local councils opted for enforcement action against traders who use polystyrene, others preferred the reward system.

Traders found using polystyrene could face a RM1,000 compound under the Subang Jaya Municipal Council (MPSJ) Traders by-law 2007.

MPSJ introduced its no polystyrene campaign last year as an awareness exercise and did not take enforcement action.

The Shah Alam City Council (MBSA) gave 100 pieces of packaging to traders who turned up for its Ramadan bazaar briefing, last week.

Shah Alam mayor Datuk Ahmad Zaharin Mohd Saad said MBSA would set up booths at all Ramadan bazaars to sell biodegradable packaging for traders.

Meanwhile, Sepang Municipal Council (MPSepang) has come up with a non-intrusive campaign urging traders to take part in a contest that would see winners bumped up into the fast lane for future applications.

MPSepang Licensing director Noor Halif Noor Zan said the council would conduct surprise visits to bazaars to look for traders using environmentally friendly containers.

“Winners will be able to use the fast lane if they would like to obtain licences for future Ramadan bazaars and will have the choice of choosing their location for business,” he added.

MPSepang is currently contemplating cash rewards and other systems as well.

The Hulu Selangor District Council introduced the no polystyrene and plastic bag campaign during Ramadan in 2012. Last year, the council added a charity element to the initiative.

Shoppers were encouraged to bring their own recyclable bags and reusable plastic containers while for those without such bags and containers, traders sold reusable packages for 20sen.

Proceeds from the sales were put into donation boxes at each stall.

The council’s secretary Azman Dahlan said proceeds from the boxes worth RM2,500 were donated to various orphanages in Hulu Selangor.

There were 650 lots involved in the campaign from seven areas in 2015 and 566 lots from six areas involved this year, from Sungai Buaya, Jalan Seroja Bukit Sentosa, Jalan Cempaka Bukit Sentosa, Taman Bahtera Hulu Bernam, Jalan Ara Batang Kali and Jalan Orkid Bukit Sentosa.

“The council also organised a campaign with no polystyrene and plastic for our Aidilfitri open house last year where guests brought their own utensils, and it was a big success,” Azman said.

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