Monday, July 12, 2010

Polystyrene ban in Penang

July 12, 2010

GEORGE TOWN: Penang will enforce a ban on polystyrene starting Jan 1 next year.

The ban will cover all food premises and temporary hawking sites owned by local councils on the island and mainland, state Local Government and Traffic Management Committee chairman Chow Kon Yeow said.

“Come Jan 1, hawkers who do not adhere to the ruling will have their licences revoked. Starting Aug 1, all monthly and yearly licence application forms will have the clause stipulating the ban on polystyrene.

“Revocation is the last resort. We will try our best to advice and educate them first,” he told reporters after launching the “Cleaner Greener Penang” programme at Sunshine Farlim yesterday.

He said state Health, Welfare and Caring Society Committee chairman Phee Boon Poh was looking at whether alternatives to polystyrene could be sourced at a cheaper price.

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