IPOH: The state government is encouraging patrons visiting Ramadan bazaars to bring their own containers for takeaways, says Sandrea Ng Shy Ching.
The Perak local government committee chairman said, however, many people may find it troublesome to bring their own containers, as they would have extra dishes to wash.
Thus she said talks were being held with traders to come up with solutions.
“For instance, for those who bring their own containers, maybe certain discounts can be offered.
“This concept can also be extended to the other private entities, where those who bring their own containers or biodegradable bags will be entitled to goodies,” she told reporters after visiting the Ramadan bazaar at the Perak stadium here today. (March 23).
Also present was Ipoh City Council Mayor Datuk Rumaizi Baharin.
Ng said with such awareness on bringing own food and drink containers or the use of biodegradable products, the state hoped to reduce the amount of garbage generated.
She said the landfills were also in a critical condition, and they were hoping to start such awareness at Ramadan bazaars.
“Even if the garbage collection is reduced between 20% and 30% is significant enough.
“The Ipoh City Council is creating this awareness this time around, and I hope the other local councils in the state will follow suit,” she added.
Ng also said a Ramadan bazaar promoting the Rahmah concept food is set-up at the People’s Park here with 27 traders.
She said the first 600 patrons would also get a chance to receive RM20 on their ewallets on the selected 10-day period.
Ng said under the jurisdiction of the Ipoh City Council, a total of 22 Ramadan bazaars have been set up, with a total of 1,329 traders involved.