Going plastic straw-free at bazaars in Subang Jaya

Ng encouraging visitors at the bazaar along Jalan BK 5A/1 in Bandar Kinrara to go plastic straw-free after launching the campaign. — ART CHEN/The Star

SUBANG Jaya Municipal Council (MPSJ) is urging residents to say no to plastic straws when they shop at Ramadan bazaars under its jurisdiction.

It launched its plastic straw-free campaign at the Ramadan bazaar along Jalan BK 5A/1 in Bandar Kinrara.

At the launch, MPSJ licensing director Muhammad Azli Miswan said this was in line with the council’s goal to be among the world’s top 30 green cities by 2030.

“The council’s goal for this year’s Ramadan bazaar management is to reduce the usage of straws.

“All the bazaars are managed by the council, we do not let third parties manage it for us,” he added.

“So far, there have not been any cases of vendors not following the green initiatives.”

There are 236 vendors selling drinks at the 16 bazaars in the municipality.

He said the council health department would also monitor the bazaars to ensure that vendors follow the guidelines when it comes to food preparation.

Also at the launch was Selangor Local Government, Public Transport and New Village Development Committee chairman and Kinrara assemblyman Ng Sze Han.

He lauded the move to launch the campaign at Ramadan bazaars for the message to be spread to the public.

“I hope that this campaign can be introduced at pasar pagi and pasar malam as well,” he said before walking through the bazaar and council staff handed out reusable bags to the public.

Apart from the straw-free campaign, the council would be continuing its green initiatives introduced in 2014, such as no polystyrene at bazaars, recycling cooking oil, reducing the usage of plastic wrapping and plastic bags, and encouraging people to bring their own food containers for takeaways.

It was previously reported that MPSJ enforced the ban on polystyrene in 2016 (“MPSJ maintains green concept for Ramadan bazaars”, June 1, 2017), a year before the Selangor state government began its no plastic bag campaign in 2017.

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