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No to plastic straws in Sibu
Tarikh : 06 Mar 2019  Sumber Berita: The Star Online (Andy Chua)
 


Coffeeshops in Sibu will be banned from offering plastic straws to customers from Jan 1, 2020.

Coffeeshops in Sibu will be banned from offering plastic straws to customers from Jan 1, 2020.

SIBU: All eatery outlets within the Sibu Municipal Council (SMC) area will no longer be allowed to supply customers with plastic straws effective Jan 1, 2020.

SMC chairman Datuk Tiong Thai King said the council is making it mandatory for eateries to observe the “Say No to Plastic Straw” initiative as it will be included as one of the licence conditions that will be implemented and enforced next January.

Speaking at the council meeting, he said the “Say No to Plastic Straw” initiative will be launched during its annual green event – the Love Earth Day campaign on April 29.

The council, Tiong said, is granting all relevant proprietors a grace period until December to clear the balance stock of plastic straws.

Sibu Coffee Shop and Restaurant Owners Association chairman Tong Ing Kok said they support any campaign that is good for the environment.

By enforcing a ban on plastic straws, he said it will also help the association members save at least RM30 a month in costs.

On the Love Earth Day campaign 2019, Tiong said this year, the council will continue to work closely with co-organiser, JCI Sibu to spearhead it in collaboration with the Education Department.

“With the global theme ‘Protect our Species’, SMC is undoubtedly taking the lead to educate citizens through a variety of awareness programmes about the importance of protecting nature’s gift to our planet,” he added.

Citizens can do this by actively participating in global environmental protection movements such as the Love Earth Day campaign that embraces nature and its values.