ENFORCEMENT of the “No Plastic Bag Day” for business owners in Ampang Jaya municipality will start on April 1.
Ampang Jaya Municipal Council (MPAJ) president Abdul Hamid Abdul Hussain said business owners who do not adhere to the policy would be issued compounds.
“They could be fined under the 2007 Business Trade, Licensing and Industrial by-laws which has been revised,” he said.
Abdul Hamid added retailers could be fined RM200 during the first year of the policy’s implementation, RM500 on the second, RM700 on the third and RM1,000 on the fourth.
He said the decision was made during a Tourism, Environment, Green Technology and Consumer Affairs meeting chaired by state executive councillor Elizabeth Wong.
“At the moment, we are monitoring the implementation of the policy. Most shops and supermarkets have stopped giving out plastic bags for free, ” he added.
On Jan 1, the “No Plastic Bag Day” campaign was extended from Saturdays to a daily ruling.
Consumers have to bring along reusable bags to carry goods they purchase (with some exceptions, such as raw food and poisonous substances), or pay 20sen for a plastic bag.
Under the state government’s green initiative, retailers will no longer provide polystyrene food containers.