MIRI: Miri will enforce the mandatory use of biodegradable plastic bags and food containers next year.
Its mayor Adam Yii said a new and environment-friendly type of plastic material had been produced and the city would pioneer its use in Sarawak.
“Starting Jan 1 next year, a new law will be enforced whereby ordinary and non-biodegradable plastic bags, food containers and rubbish bags will be banned.
“Only the use of plastic certified by us will be allowed in Miri. The council has found a company that can produce biodegradable plastics.
“We have already met the management of this company and the council, in principle, agrees that the materials used in producing the plastics will not harm the ecosystem,” he told StarMetro.
Yii said the council had no choice but to ban the use of ordinary plastics.
“We feel there is a need to stop the use of conventional plastics because they cause a serious pollution problem,” he added.
He pointed out that the council’s previous initiatives to reduce the use of non-biodegradable plastic lacked support from the public and businesses.
“There are supermarkets that sold plastic bags at 20sen each.
“The public too want the convenience of plastic bags to carry their goods.
“Plastic bags are still being used widely and then dumped all over the place.”
Yii said that it was sad to note that indiscriminate littering was hard to overcome.
He expressed hope that education campaigns at school level would help inculcate a more caring attitude towards the environment.
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