SHAH ALAM (Bernama): All food and beverage outlets, including restaurants, in Selangor are prohibited from providing plastic straws at the counter to be freely picked up by customers from July 1.
State Environment, Green Technology, Science and Consumer Affairs Committee chairman Hee Loy Sian (pic) said the implementation of the policy on reducing the use of plastic straws was approved by the State Executive Council on Wednesday (June 12).
He added that plastic straws would only be given at the request of customers for each ordered drink.
He said all local authorities would include the ban in the Terms of Business Licence Application when restaurant operators submit new applications or renew their business licences.
"The main objective is to educate and increase the level of awareness of residents in Selangor on the long-term impact of the use of plastic, in particular plastic straws, on health and the environment.
"The implementation of this policy is expected to help the government control increasingly significant environmental pollution and encourage recycling or reuse to maintain environmental cleanliness in Selangor," he said in a statement here Sunday (June 16).
He explained that the implementation of the policy was in line with the ongoing plastic campaign in Selangor, in line with the Government's intention to reduce the use of single-use plastics such as plastic bags, polystyrene coverings or plastic food coatings and disposable plastic materials, among others.
Hee added that the state government, through the local authorities, will monitor the implementation of the policy.
All food and beverage outlet operators have been urged to cooperate in order to achieve the objective of reducing plastic use in the state, he said.
He said the state government was proud and thankful that many food and beverage operators had implemented such initiatives already.
"In fact, there are also premises using paper or bamboo straws and distributing free stainless steel straws to the public.
"Therefore, the public is encouraged to bring their own reusable food and drink containers and straws," he said.
Hee said the state government would always step up efforts to ensure Selangor became a cleaner, beautiful, green and environmentally-friendly state.
He also encouraged the public to give suggestions and opinions on the implementation of the campaign and policy regarding plastic use.
"Every proposal or opinion will be given consideration and studied so that this government's campaign or policy will be successful," he said. - Bernama
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