MIRI: Miri City Council has admitted that its “Say No To Plastic” campaign in the city has failed.
Miri mayor Adam Yii said the campaign failed to garner the support of the business community as well as the public.
“We are lacking the support from the people in Miri,” he said at a dialogue with community organisations and schools here.
“The campaign had good objectives and noble intentions.
“We feel the need to reduce the use of plastic materials so we wanted the supermarkets and shops to stop using plastic bags.
“However, not all supported the move initiated more than three years ago.
“There were some supermarkets which even sold customers plastic bags at 20sen each.
“Plastic bags are still being used and dumped everywhere,” he said.
Yii said indiscriminate dumping just made matter worse.
“People dump plastics all over the places and these end up in rivers and seas,” he said.
He said plastic bags and bottles became popular because they were convenient to use.
Yii said degradable plastic bags were not popular they were expensive.
“This option cannot be enforced yet because we do not have manufacturers of such plastic bags in Miri,” he said.
He hopes that campaigns at schools will help inculcate more responsible attitude towards the rivers and seas.