In a bid to be more environmental-friendly and conscious, the Selangor state government has decided to ban all plastic straws at food and beverage premises in Selangor.
The new ruling will come into effect on 1 July 2019
, The Star Online
State Environment, Green Technology, Science and Consumer Affairs Committee chairman Hee Loy Sian told the news portal that the implementation of the policy on reducing the use of plastic straws was approved by the State Executive Council on Wednesday (12 June).
Plastic straws will only be provided by request.
“The main objective is to educate and increase the level of awareness of residents in Selangor on the long-term impact of the use of plastic, in particular plastic straws, on health and the environment,” Loy Sian was quoted as saing.
“The implementation of this policy is expected to help the government control increasingly significant environmental pollution and encourage recycling or reuse to maintain environmental cleanliness in Selangor.”
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Loy Sian also noted and thanked a number of F&B premises who have kickstarted this initiative even before the ruling was announced, with some even going to the extent of providing bamboo or paper straws or distributing free metal straws to the public.
The public is encouraged to bring their own straws as well as reusable food and drink containers to help Selangor become a green and environment-friendly state.