Friday, December 31, 2010

Double ban tomorrow onwards...

It’s all systems go for Penang’s rulings on ‘No Free Plastic Bags’ and ‘No Polystyrene at Local Council Hawker Centres’ which come into force tomorrow.

The Penang Consumer Watch Group in all the 40 state constituencies will monitor the ‘no plastic bag’ rule through random checks at shopping centres, hypermarkets, departmental stores, pharmacies, fast food restaurants, nasi kandar outlets and convenience stores.

State Health, Welfare, Caring Society and Environment Committee chairman Phee Boon Poh said they would report back to the state on whether the operators adhered to the ruling as well as the consumers’ response.

“Last year was spent educating the public on the ruling. It’s time for full implementation now,” he said.

Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng will launch both rulings at Sunway Carnival in Seberang Prai tomorrow.

Shoppers who don’t bring their own reusable bags will be charged 20 sen for each plastic bag when making purchases.

Money collected from the sale of plastic bags are for the ‘Partners Against Poverty’ Special Fund to help the state’s hardcore poor.

Mini markets and sole proprietorship businesses will have to adhere to the plastic ruling on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday in order to ensure the renewal of their licences.

I'm not sure how we are going to cope with the new ruling. No plastic is good, but how are we going to throw our rubbish?

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