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Use of plastic bags is banned in Selangor, Malaysia

by ChemOrbis Editorial Team - content@chemorbis.com
  • 03/01/2017 (12:23)
According to media reports, the use of polystyrene food containers and free plastic bags was banned in Selangor, Malaysia as of January 1. However, single-use plastic bags are still sold for shoppers at stores for 20 sens and the shoppers with many items are provided free cardboard boxes. Shoppers can also buy re-usable non-woven bags and cloth bags for a small price, the reports revealed.

Before the ban, Selangor had a “No Plastics Day” every Saturday, which has now been made a permanent rule in the state.

The ban causes complaints among some shoppers who say that they now have to pay more for bags specifically made for trash instead of re-using plastic shopping bags as they used to do before the ban and that they do not always know how many bags to take to the stores before shopping.

However, many others are reported to be pleased with the new rule and they carry their own reusable bags and containers in their handbags saying this is not something new as they had been doing this every Saturday for many years.

After Selangor, two other Malaysian states, Perak and Johor, announced they will apply the same ban as of June 2017.
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