Yes…It’s no doubt plastic bags can create rubbish & not environmental friendly. I am looking forward to see Penang as the first state in the country to practice such good move to combat against climate change.
From what I had read from newspaper:
Huh…I can’t imagine that!!!
Just think about that, why not we reduce the amount of consumption? To recycle requires cost, so by reducing the consumption, we could save our money as well.
Remember using just one reusable plastic bag per week can save the following:
– 6 plastic bags per week
– that’s 24 in one month
– that’s 288 plastic bags per year
– that’s more than 21, 600 plastic bags saved in a lifetime!
Say No To Plastic Bag Campaign
Those who want to use fresh plastic bags will have to pay for it. Each plastic bag costs 20 cent. This is to encourage the shoppers to bring their own plastic bags when go shopping, thus cutting down on unnecessary use of plastic bags. This campaign is going to start on 1st July for every Monday. The money collected will go to the state fund for the poor society.
This system has been in practice in China and Taiwan for quite some time, I found out that the use of plastic bags has been reduced when the users are required to pay for the plastic bags. The customers in these countries normally bring along their recycle bags instead of using the plastic bags from the super market.
Limitations of Recycling Campaign
Based on my calculation, let say you can buy 200 plastic bags for RM5, RM5/200 = RM 0.025
If i’m the shopper, i don’t mind give away RM 0.025 for RM50 groceries.
Besides, if only on Monday, then it would be useless. The shoppers can prefer to stay home and not buy things on Monday and only buy things during other days.
Now with this in place, it will bring more benefits to supermarket and hypermarket as they will spend less on plastic bags in order to cutting down their cost. But, will they selling things cheaper just because of this? Of course, NO!!! So their profit margin will improve slightly.
Anyway, i just hope that they would implement it successfully so they could be the pioneer state and a good example to the other state in Malaysia.