Plastic bag to cost 50 sen

TAN SIN CHOW, R.SEKARAN and RENA LIM at the Penang Legislative Assembly

THE 20 sen charged for each plastic bag will be increased to 50 sen effective Jan 1 next year.

This is the first increase since the ‘No Free Plastic Bag’ was introduced by the state government in 2009.

State Welfare, Caring Government and Environment Committee chairman Phee Boon Poh (PH-Sungai Puyu) said the thickness of the plastic will also be increased from 15 microns to 40 microns.

“This is in line with state government’s policy of ‘No Free Plastic Bag’ and ‘No To Single Use Plastic’ which would begin on Jan 1, 2019.” said Phee during his winding up speech at the state assembly on Thursday.

The state level ‘No to Plastic Straw’ campaign would also begin in phases on Jan 1 next year.

“For now the state through the Penang Green Council (PGC) is using the soft approach creating awareness among restaurant owners and traders by disseminating information and encouraging them to join in the campaign,” he said.

Phee also said the State Economic Aid Programme was a success with many poor families receiving aid under the government’s Program Agenda Ekonomi Saksama (AES).

“Since the programme began in March 2009, the state has given out a total RM30.85mil to 955 people until October this year,” he added.

On the programme for senior citizens, Phee said a centre for the homeless has been set up in Pengkalan Kota, to be managed by a non-governmental organisation.

He said the state has given a RM359,100 grant for the centre’s administration and another RM201,600 for skills training.

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