Few taking part in state initiative

  • Metro News
  • Monday, 29 Jun 2020

Only 260 businesses out of some 9,000 in Ampang have registered with the local council for the state’s programme. — LOW BOON TAT/The Star

LESS than 3% of businesses in Ampang Jaya have registered to hand over the 20sen charge for sold plastic bags to the Ampang Jaya Municipal Council (MPAJ).

This makes up only 260 out of the 9,000 businesses in the municipality.

MPAJ president Datuk Abdul Hamid Hussain said the businesses were supposed to make the first payment to MPAJ by July 1.

“Initially, our focus was on getting hypermarkets, supermarkets and other bigger retailers to register and we had good response from them.

“Then the movement control order (MCO) was initiated and registration slowed down, ” he said.

Abdul Hamid added that businesses would have to hand over the payment to the council every six months.

“Business licence holders are encouraged to register and pay the charges within the time frame as the receipt for the payment will ensure the renewal of their licence next year, ” he added.

Selangor government made a rule that starting Jan 1 businesses in Selangor were required to register with their respective local councils to hand over money collected from sale of plastic bags. Businesses are also required to declare and surrender monies collected to the local council.

The owners would be issued a certificate indicating that the premises participated in the collection programme.

In February, state environment, green technology, science and consumer affairs committee chairman Hee Loy Sian said the money collected would be channelled to the state and local council’s trust fund.

He added that 60% of the collection goes to the state and 40% to the local council.

The money, he added, was to be used for environment-related causes.

Businesses are required to follow rules set by each local council for the collection of the 20sen.

The state, however, listed four options for the payment mechanism.

The first is for businesses to surrender the collection once a month while the second is to give the money twice a month.

The third option is for them to surrender monies collected every three months while the fourth is every six months.

Businesses can also opt not to provide or sell plastic bags, but have to get the council’s endorsement to be exempted from making any payment.

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