Selangor to review plastic bag charge

The Selangor government wants to raise plastic bag prices as well as to implement a no plastic day next year to curb usage of plastic bags. – AFP pic, December 6, 2022.

THE Selangor government is reviewing the policy of charging for plastic bags with a view of raising its price as well as the implementation of a no plastic day next year in the state following an increase in its usage despite charges imposed since 2017.

State Tourism, Environment, Green Technology and Orang Asli Affairs Committee chairman Hee Loy Sian conceded that there was a problem with enforcement during the Covid-19 pandemic as his committee relaxed the policy to allow the usage of plastic bags when wrapping food.

“We will tighten enforcement. This time, we may withdraw the premises licence from those who do not comply with the plastic bag charge,” he told the Selangor State Legislative Assembly meeting in Shah Alam today.

He was replying to a supplementary question by Elizabeth Wong Keat Ping (PH-Bukit Lanjan) on the enforcement against using plastic bags which was seen as increasing despite the campaign to charge for plastic bags,

According to him, as of June, the collection from plastic bag sales in Selangor amounted to R4.8 million and it is expected to exceed RM9 million this year compared to RM8.5 million last year and RM6.6 million in 2020. – Bernama, December 6, 2022.

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