THE 20sen charged for each plastic bag will increase to 50sen in Penang effective Jan 1 next year.
This is the first increase since the “No Free Plastic Bag” was introduced by the state government in 2009.
Penang Welfare, Caring Government and Environment Committee chairman Phee Boon Poh (PH-Sungai Puyu) said the thickness of the plastic would also be increased from 15 microns to 40 microns.
“This is in line with the state government’s policy of ‘No Free Plastic Bag’ and ‘No To Single Use Plastic’ which will begin on Jan 1, 2019,” said Phee in his winding up speech at the state legislative assembly.
The state-level ‘No to Plastic Straws’ campaign will also begin in phases from Jan 1 next year.
“For now, the state through the Penang Green Council (PGC) is creating awareness among restaurant owners and traders by disseminating information and encouraging them to join in the campaign,” he said.
Phee added that the State Economic Aid Programme was a success with many poor families receiving aid under the Program Agenda Ekonomi Saksama (AES).
“Since the programme began in March 2009, the state has given out RM30.85mil to 955 people until October this year,” he added.
On the programme for senior citizens, Phee said a centre for the homeless has been set up in Pengkalan Kota, to be managed by a non-governmental organisation.
He said the state has given a RM359,100 grant for the centre’s administration and another RM201,600 for skills training.