The Malaysian plastic industry has taken measures to combat the ban on plastic bags
although plastic bags have been banned or restricted in more and more places around the world, the Malaysian Plastic Industry Association believes that they have successfully persuaded the Malaysian government to consider other means to replace the ban on plastic bags
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Malaysia, with a population of 27million, implemented a new regulation last year, banning all stores from distributing free plastic bags one day a week. What's more, a state in Malaysia stipulates that retailers are prohibited from distributing free plastic bags seven days a week. The two oil cylinders are not synchronized
but the Malaysian Plastic Manufacturers Association believes that in view of various factors, the scope of the plastic bag ban will not continue to expand, including the negative response of the public caused by the ban, businesses taking measures to reduce the littering of plastic bags, and in addition, the passenger flow of large grocery stores is unexpectedly flowing to the smaller vegetable market
lim Kok boon, chairman of MPMA, said in an interview at the office of the association in Petaling Jaya (near Kuala Lumpur) at the end of June: "although plastic bags are currently banned nationwide every Saturday... We don't think this policy will affect a wider range."Lim said that the Malaysian government seems to be interested in finding new ways to cooperate with the plastics industry and other industry groups. "The government has realized that solid waste is a problem. They also realized that it would be easier for everyone, including the government itself, to get the support of the plastic industry as a whole and cooperate together."
in some areas, it seems that the prohibition and restriction of plastic bags have become a common practice. Take the United States as an example. This year, 42 cities in the United States have successively issued plastic bag bans, bringing the total number of cities in the United States that have implemented plastic bag bans to 79
but in Lim's view, Malaysia will not follow the old path of these countries. It is difficult to judge his statement independently, and environmental groups say the public supports the plastic ban, believing that it can solve the problem of littering, reduce excessive packaging and save resources
the Malaysian Environmental Protection Association said when referring to the plastic ban in Penang seven days a week that the tensile strength of rocks is far smaller than the compressive strength: "Penang residents have been used to the plastic ban, which is not a problem."
moreover, the Malaysian opposition party, which is also the ruling party in Penang and several other states, has proposed to adopt a stricter plastic ban. Some observers said that this has contributed to the federal government's ban on plastic bags by implementing the weekly ban nationwide
Lim, who is also the CEO of Great Wall Plastic Industry Co., Ltd., located in naowan, Malaysia, believes that the plastic industry's efforts to reduce plastic bag garbage and litter plastic bags are being recognized
mpma launched a campaign against littering in June. The Deputy Secretary General of Malaysian housing and local government regulators with jurisdiction over garbage issues spoke as guests at the annual dinner of the association, which announced the launch of the campaign
lim said: "We have established a very good cooperative relationship with them [the federal government]. Although we have not received a direct reply from them [on the policy direction of the ban on plastic bags in the future], of course, they are still evaluating the situation at present, but we can see that even if it is only Saturday that plastic bags are banned to carry out demonstration and implementation actions in the fields of additive manufacturing, robots, medical equipment and so on, the public is also very unhappy."
he said that one of the reasons is that Malaysians are used to reusing shopping bags as garbage bags. Lim said that garbage can manufacturers also design garbage cans according to the size of plastic shopping bagsLim said that in Penang, where plastic bags are banned seven days a week, the sales of plastic shopping bags fell by 10%, while the sales of plastic garbage bags rose by 15%, reproducing the situation that the import and export volume of paper in other countries accounted for no more than 20%, which led to the increase of garbage bag sales after the ban of shopping bags
he said: "Malaysia is not a developed economy like Japan or Europe. Everyone is careful in shopping and spends every penny on the knife edge."
but others, such as anthonytan, executive director of the Malaysian Center for environment, technology and development, believe that the public generally supports the plastic ban. Now they are taking measures to strengthen their understanding of waste reduction and packaging recycling, and finally achieve the goal of reducing carbon footprint
lim believes that there is another reason why the scope of the plastic ban will not continue to expand. Large retail enterprises in Malaysia have begun to reject the plastic ban, because some of them have been robbed of their business by small stores that still provide free plastic bags
lim said: "[large retailers] have found worrying facts. Their customers have changed their consumption patterns. They no longer continue to buy their products, but have become regular customers in vegetable markets and small grocery stores. We don't think retail enterprises will continue to support [expanding the scope of the ban]."
for plastic bag manufacturers, the Malaysian government's restrictions on plastic bags have not had a significant economic impact. Lim said that the total amount of plastic they use to produce plastic bags has not decreased, but has shifted from shopping bag production to other uses, even in Penang
lim said that MPMA is constantly taking measures to defend the status of plastics and actively promoting the good side of plastic bags, such as helping to reduce vehicle weight and improve fuel economy
he said, for example, the plastic industry launched a multi-year campaign against littering in June, with a budget of $188000, accounting for more than 20% of the association's annual expenses. In addition, the association also cooperates with schools to promote the information of recycling and waste reduction
in addition, MPMA put forward a proposal to work with retailers to regenerate plastic bags three years ago. The association has designed special recycling bins to be placed in retail stores, and the collected plastic bags are used for recyclingLim said, but the proposal did not receive a positive response from retail enterprises. Plastic bag recycling in Malaysia is not as common as that in Britain and the United States. "
lim said, "we are ready to raise funds to install recycling bins... We have set up a special plastic bag recycling team. Unfortunately, for various reasons, retail enterprises unexpectedly have no willingness to cooperate."
he said that as part of this campaign, MPMA also specially invited a Malaysian TV star to endorse it and produced a TV Promo to publicize the importance of using less plastic bags, reusing plastic bags and recycling waste plastic bags
he said that from the middle of next year, the Malaysian plastic industry is preparing to expand the publicity scope of the anti littering campaign and more publicize the role of plastics in protecting natural resources. Now the Malaysian public lacks awareness in this regard
lim said, "we are laying an important foundation. In the past, we always ran around to publicize the rectification of plastic names, but did not expect to publicize more information in other aspects. We found that this practice had little effect on the public."
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