MALACCA: The Malacca state government will implement plastics-free packaging effective September 1 as part of measures to become a green state by 2020.
State Education, Higher Education, Science and Technology, Green Technology and Innovation Committee chairman Md Yunos Husin said traders were only allowed to use biodegradable bags.
“The initiative is for the future of the coming generations because plastics will pollute the enviroment as they are non-biodegradable.
“All approvals to use plastic bags at a charge of 20 sen, will no longer be allowed after this,” he told reporters after a Workshop on the Setting Up of Sustainable Schools, here.
Malacca had implemented Non-Plastic Bag Days on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays as a preliminary step for the full implementation of the effort which was earlier planned for next year.
Md Yunos said the Malacca Green Technology Corporation would also meet traders statewide on providing alternative packaging to consumers.
“The move is among measures by the state government to turn Malacca into a green state by 2020,” he said.