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RM50 fine on eateries providing plastic straws, taking effect today — SMC
Tarikh : 01 Feb 2020  Sumber Berita: Borneo Post Online

SIBU: Sibu Municipal Council (SMC) will issue a RM50 compound on the spot, beginning today, to any errant eatery operator who is still providing single-use plastic straws to the customers.

In disclosing this yesterday, SMC Public Health, Environment and Municipal Services Standing Committee chairperson Rhoda Ting, said ample time had been given to eatery operators to comply with the new rule.

“Yes, I would like to thank those who have made an effort to comply with our  policies and always been cooperative with our decision.

A file photo shows a paper straw provided by an eatery operator in Sibu.
A file photo shows a paper straw provided by an eatery operator in Sibu.

“Those not aware of the policy should comply with it now as ample time was given in 2019 for everyone to start implementing it by Jan 1, this year.

“From Feb 1 (today), a compound of RM50 will be imposed on operator found still issuing plastic straws for their customers,” she said.

During the distribution of posters on the ban against single-use plastic straws at Sibu Central Market last year, Ting warned errant operators about the RM50 compound, and the confiscation of their plastic straws, should they fail to adhere to the regulation.

The ban would also be included in their licensing conditions – the same way as the ban on styrofoam containers, she added then.

Ting suggested to operators to use paper or bio-degradable straws.

An international study has estimated that as many as 8.3 billion plastic straws are polluting the world’s beaches.

In Malaysia, studies show that the people are using about 30 million straws per day.

Plastic straws can take up to 200 years to disintegrate.