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Starting 2019, Selangor Eateries Will No Longer Provide Plastic Straws

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Starting 2019, Selangor Eateries Will No Longer Provide Plastic Straws - WORLD OF BUZZ 1
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More and more people are realising that single-use plastics are bad and doing something about them. One of the first to go would be plastic straws and after the Federal Territories in Malaysia announced that they would ban plastic straws, Selangor will be following in their footsteps as well.

Starting 2019, Selangor Eateries Will No Longer Provide Plastic Straws - WORLD OF BUZZ

Source: Malay Mail

According to Sinar Harian, Chairman of the Permanent Committee on Environment, Green Technology and Consumer Affairs, Science, Technology and Innovation, Hee Loy Sian announced this on Wednesday (Nov 7). He said that the Selangor state government would start banning plastic straws in all shops and eateries starting from January 1, 2019.

Hee explained that this move was in line with their efforts in being more environmentally friendly and trying to reduce pollution due to the use of plastics. He added, “Shops and eateries are not allowed to automatically provide plastic straws anymore and customers who need it will have to request for it.” So, think properly whether you really need a straw or not!

Starting 2019, Plastic Straws Will Be Banned in All Selangor Eateries - WORLD OF BUZZ

Source: Selangorkini

Eateries which do not comply with this new directive would be given a warning but Ministry secretary-general Datuk Seri Adnan Mohd Ikhsan said that enforcement would only take place in 2020 after consumers and business owners were educated about the dangers of using plastic products. Hee also reminded everyone that all states would charge 20 sens for plastic bags in shops and restaurants starting from 2019 as well.

He said that local authorities would be responsible for collecting the fees and the money would be put to good use for corporate social responsibility programs. “The Selangor state government wants to make sure that the 20 sen fee collection is done well so PBT will be put in charge of collecting the fees. The money from this would be used for awareness programs at the grassroots level so that we can educate the public about this,” Hee added.

Do you think this is a good move? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section! 

 

Also read: Plastic Straws Will Be Banned in KL, Putrajaya & Labuan Starting 1st Jan 2019

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