RM1.87 million collected from 20-sen charge on plastic bags

elizabeth-wong

SHAH ALAM: A total of RM1.87 million has been collected from shoppers in Selangor through the 20-sen charge for each plastic bag since the “No Plastic Bag” campaign was implemented in the state on Jan 1 this year, the Selangor assembly was told today.

State Tourism, Environment, Green Technology and Consumer Affairs Committee chairman Elizabeth Wong said the collection only involved supermarkets and food premises that had informed the state government, through their respective trade associations, about their collection of the 20-sen charge between January and May.

“Of the total, 63.98% of the collection was made from supermarket operators and the rest by operators of food premises.”

She said this in reply to Lee Kee Hiong (DAP-Kuala Kubu Baharu) who wanted to know the collection made by traders following the implementation of the campaign in the state.

Wong also said that as of June 30, the state government had spent a total of RM213,678.30 for the purchase of posters, buntings and reusable non-woven bags in connection with the campaign.