Selangor Journal

Selangor leads as free-polystyrene state by 2017

SHAH ALAM, DEC 21: Selangor is one of the first states to focus on banning the use of polystyrene and plastic bags as a policy, by 2017.
Tourism, Environment, Green Technology and Consumer Affairs Exco Elizabeth Wong said the initiative was taken through discussions with the State Executive Council, and the decision was made in July.
The decision was made by the State Executive Council on July 13, and this has been communicated to the 12 local authorities in the state.
“All local authorities have approved the pre-conditions and the State Government continues its commitment to implement this policy at the local authority level, to create campaigns as extensions of this programme for local communities,” she said.
She said that during a media conference for the launch of #BebasPlastik 2017 Campaign, which bans the use of free polystyrene and plastic bags in the state.
Elizabeth said the State Government is also introducing an educational website for the community to get information regarding the policy implementation.
“The website is and all information regarding this can be obtained on this website,” she said.
She believes the campaign can generate positive response to the State Government’s efforts in bringing about effective lifestyle changes to society.
“We believe it can be achieved, since survey results had found calls for the ban of plastic bags every Saturday, to be continued.
“In recognition of this, we need to make changes and we remain committed to this change by implementing policies to combat the widespread problem of waste disposal and emphasise environmental issues such as global warming,” she said.

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