Selangor to completely ban polystyrene packages from January 1 onwards

Next year, you will need to bring your own containers if you want to ‘ta pau‘ nasi lemak for supper.

The Selangor state government said the state will officially ban polystyrene packages starting from January 1 onwards, according to The Star Online.

The restriction comes following the new policy set by the state government in an effort to reduce plastic bag usage next year. 

Selangor State Tourism, Environment, Green Technology and Consumer Affairs Committee chairman Elizabeth Wong told the news portal that businessmen will face a RM1,000 fine if they ignore the ban.

“The maximum fine is RM1,000 and shoppers will be charged a minimum of 20sen for single-use plastic bags,” she was quoted as saying.

However, Wong added that the government will waive the charge for plastic bags under certain conditions.

Among the things exempted from charges include plastic bags for raw meat (chicken, fish, beef and mutton) and plants or roots covered in sand or soil (for instance potatoes and ginger), flower, unwrapped loose seeds and poisonous prescription and substances. 

Plastic bags to place live fish or aquatic products will also be exempted, according to Wong.

The state had just extended the ‘No Plastic Bag Day’ campaign from Saturdays to the entire week.

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