Traders encouraged to sell alternative to plastic bags


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  • Thursday, 22 Dec 2016

WOVEN bags will be sold at 15 morning and night markets in the Sepang Municipal Council (MPSepang) areas to reduce the use of plastic bags. It is part of the state government’s move to stop the use of plastic bags and polystyrene packaging beginning Jan 1, 2017.

Council president Datuk Puasa Md Taib said the council would set up booths for vendors of woven and non-woven bags as an alternative form of packaging.

“Morning and night market traders are the highest users of plastic bags and polystyrene packaging.

“To encourage them to change, free booths will be set up and vendors selling woven and non-woven bags will be invited to sell their bags there.

“By 2018, we are targeting for all food vendors and restaurants to change their packaging,” he said during the full board meeting yesterday.

Such booths will especially be seen at the larger night markets such as Pasar Malam Putra Perdana and Pasar Malam Salak.

Puasa says MPSepang will set up booths for vendors of woven and non-woven bags as replacement for plastic bags. — filepic
Puasa says MPSepang will set up booths for vendors of woven and non-woven bags as replacement for plastic bags. — filepic

He added that the council would enforce stricter action in phases on businesses that continued to use polystyrene packaging.

“Since Nov 20, we have been issuing notices to businesses in Mitsui Outlet Park, KLIA, KLIA2 and the markets.

“From January to March 2017, our officers will go to business outlets to inspect their packaging methods to ensure they are not using polystyrene.

“From April to June, we will issue warnings and from July to October, we will issue the compounds.

“In November and December next year, our licensing department will issue a final warning to premises that continue to use polystyrene,” he said, adding that from 2018, the council would not renew the business licences of those who do not comply to the ruling.

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