SIBU: Sibu Municipal Council (SMC) will launch “Say No to Plastic Bag 2.0 Campaign” in October.
SMC chairman Datuk Tiong Thai King said the programme was a follow-up on the council’s maiden campaign in 2009.
“In the new campaign, we want to establish a green and sustainable Sibu,” he said before the council meeting here.
“All retailers must replace conventional plastic bags with bio-degradable plastic bags or paper boxes.
“Shoppers must bring along their bags,” he added.
Tiong highlighted the adverse impacts of plastic bags.
“There are more and more plastic bags being used daily.
“Over consumption of plastic is contributing to climate change and river pollution.
“These plastic bags contribute to ‘white pollution,’ which has become a major environmental issue globally,” he added.
SMC’s campaign in 2009 was supported by more than 30 retailers, who stopped issuing plastic bags on Mondays and Saturdays.
Separately, on the RM500 penalty for littering, Tiong said the total number of fines issued was 127 but only 53 had paid up.
He said legal action would be taken against offenders who failed to pay the fine.