Friday, June 5, 2009

REMINDER: Monday is NO PLASTIC BAG day starting July 09

It's confirmed, our state will launch the no plastic bag campaign starting next month for every Monday of the week. Please always have your own groceries bag with you whenever you do your shopping in order not to pay extra for the use of plastic bag. Read on the latest news update from the Star today:

Penang will make every Monday a “No plastic bag day” from next month in a bid to become the country’s first ‘green’ state.

It is learnt that shoppers who do not bring their own reusable bags will be charged 20 sen for each plastic bag when making purchases from shopping complexes and hypermarkets.

The money collected from the sale of plastic bags will go to the fund to help the state’s hardcore poor, a state government source said.

State Health, Welfare, Caring Society and Environment Committee chairman Phee Boon Poh said shopping complexes and hypermarkets have agreed to the state government’s initiative but there must be wide publicity to make it a success.

The state had distributed declaration forms to shopping complexes and hypermarkets to secure their commitment to the “No plastic bag day”, he told reporters after chairing a meeting with some 20 shopping centre representatives.

Phee said the first batch of “No plastic bag day” posters would be handed out to shopping centres a week before the end of the month.

Among the issues raised during the meeting were the high cost of giving out eco-bags and whether it was appropriate to use them for fresh produce.


HL said...

a good start for each of us to do our part to save our world !! the weather seems to be getting hotter n hotter .. Help the world !!

BH said...

Ya...we have too many plastic in our society now....Need to reduce !!!