Selangor to review plastic bag charge, state assembly told

Photo by Mohd Suhaimi Mohamed Yusuf/The Edge

Photo by Mohd Suhaimi Mohamed Yusuf/The Edge

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SHAH ALAM (Dec 6): The Selangor government is reviewing the policy of charging plastic bags with a view to raising the rate as well as the implementation of the no-plastic day next year in Selangor, following an increase in usage of plastic bags, even though the plastic bag charge was imposed from 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 the enforcement. This time, we may withdraw premises licences from those who did not comply with the plastic bag charge,” he told the Selangor State Legislative Assembly meeting here on Tuesday (Dec 6).

He was replying to a supplementary question by Elizabeth Wong Keat Ping (Pakatan Harapan-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, collection from plastic bags in Selangor amounted to RM4.8 million, and the figure is expected to exceed RM9 million this year, compared with RM8.5 million last year and RM6.6 million in 2020.