SHAH ALAM – As of 1 July, all food premises in Selangor are forbidden to provide plastic drink to customers, says Hee Loy Sian.

The EXCO of Environment, Green Technology, Science, Technology and Innovation and Consumer Affairs
said the ban was approved by the State Executive Council (MMKN) on 11 June.

He said the owner of the premises are also banned from preparing plastic straws at the counter for free collection by customers.

“Plastic straws will only be provided upon request of the customer for each of the ordered drinks,” he said.

“Every Local Authority (PBT) will put this under the Terms of Business License Application when the entrepreneur submits a new application or renew their respective business licenses,” he said in a statement.

He said the policy was also in line with the ongoing Plastic-Free Campaign to reduce the use of single-use plastics such as plastic bags, polystyrene, plastic cover / coatings and disposable plastic materials.

“The main objective of this policy is to educate and raise the level of awareness of the population on the long-term impact of the use of plastic once in particular the plastic straws on health and the environment.

“In addition, the implementation of this policy is expected to assist the government in controlling the problem of increasing environmental pollution and promoting recycling efforts,” he said.

To ensure the smooth running of the policy, Loy Sian said the state government, through the Local Authority, will monitor its implementation from time to time.

At the same time, he said, food and beverage premises operators have been urged to provide cooperation and assistance in order to achieve the objective of reducing plastic consumption.

“The state government is very proud and thankful that there are many food, beverage or restaurant premises entrepreneurs who have taken the initiative and stepped ahead of the government,” he said.

“People are encouraged to give suggestions and opinions on the implementation of these campaigns and policies to government departments or agencies and may contact the EXCO office for that purpose,” he added.

“Every proposal or opinion will be taken into consideration and reviewed so that this government’s campaign or policy will be successful.”