S'gor to enforce ban on single-use plastic at all state govt buildings from July 1

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  • Saturday, 01 Jun 2019

Beginning Jan 1, plastic drinking straws will not be given out at restaurants unless requested as the Federal Territories Ministry prepares to fully enforce the ban on these straws in 2020.

SHAH ALAM (Bernama): The Selangor Government will enforce a ban on single-use plastics at all departments and agencies under the state's administration from July 1.

State Environment, Green Technology, Science, Technology and Innovation Committee chairman Hee Loy Sian said the proposal for implementing the ban was approved by the state government Wednesday (May 29) in line with Malaysia’s Roadmap Towards Zero Single-use Plastics 2018-2030.

He said the campaign was aimed at addressing environmental problems, especially due to pollution following the use of single-use plastic products, to create a healthier environment.

"The ban will be enforced at state government buildings including departments and agencies, such as land and district offices, state statutory bodies, local authorities and subsidiaries under the Selangor government administration.

"This is in line with the state government's desire to reduce the use of single-use plastics, especially plastic and polystyrene bags," he said in a statement here Saturday (June 1).

He said the state government, through the committee, would plan a strategy to promote the practise through communication platforms especially social media as well as provide infographics and videos to ensure the success of the campaign.

Hee also urged the private sector, schools, places of worship, non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and other bodies to participate in the campaign and get others to stop the use of disposable plastics to achieve the zero single-use plastics target for the country. - Bernama


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