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Posted on February 7, Thus, the plastic bag consumption rate is exceptionally high with the average consumption per individual amounting to eight per week and there are concerns over its safe disposal.
Experts say it may take between and years for the plastic bags to degrade completely and the process emits carbon emissions that contributes to global warming. It is estimated that Malaysians on average produce 19, tonnes of solid waste annually with plastic bags and products representing 24 per cent of the total waste.
Awareness activities like greening the surroundings and environmental friendly lifestyle are encouraged, and places like Putrajaya and Cyberjaya are to be benchmarked as Green Technology Towns.
Starting Jan 1,on every Saturday plastic bags are no longer provided for free in hypermarkets, supermarkets, departmental stores, convenience shops and selected business premise all over the nation.
For example, Ireland has been imposing taxes on plastic bags since and this helped to reduce the plastic bag consumption by 90 per cent. In the United States, San Francisco also followed suit while Los Angeles effective July 1, also banned the use of plastic bags and went further by imposing 25 cents for paper bags to encourage consumers to use their own bags when shopping.
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In the Klang Valley, and other areas in Selangor hypermarkets like Tesco, Carrefour, Giant, and smaller outlets like Speedmart, Seven Eleven and others took part in the campaign by not providing free plastic bags every Saturday. The 20 sen collected for each plastic bag will be channeled to welfare bodies or used for environment or consumer programmes.
Kumaran noted that the campaign to reduce the use of plastic bags should be followed up with campaigns promoting the use bio-degradable plastics. According to Geetha, still the better solution would be through innovation and green technology.
A salesman, Jojo, opined that consumers have to be thought the practice of recycling as it could save the environment from pollution. On the move by the government to impose 20 sen for each plastic bag, most consumers are favourable as this move will serve as a reminder for them to bring their own bags when shopping.
Geetha also opined that the 20 sen figure should be maintained for all plastic bags in line with the rising prices of food and other necessities. Nevertheless, there are a few who find the campaign burdensome. Megat, a trader, was not in favour because consumers would have to face inconvenience especially when buying food.
Apart from the media publicity, those involved in the campaign have to join hands with the NGOs to create awareness on the campaign especially in the outskirts. Apart from this, the management of shopping centres should also be more firm and provide wholehearted support for the campaign.
Other effective alternatives to plastic bags should be considered as well in achieving the campaign goals. So if you are asked to pay 20 sen for a plastic bag after this, think twice.
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