All Selangor F&B Outlets To Be Banned From Displaying Plastic Straws On Counters

The policy will be implemented from 1 July.

Cover image via Lee Hoy Sian on Facebook/Ipoh Echo (Edited by SAYS)

All food and beverage outlets in Selangor will be prohibited from providing plastic straws on counters beginning 1 July

New Straits Times reported that Selangor Environment, Green Technology, Science, and Consumer Affairs Committee chairman Hee Loy Sian made the announcement on Sunday, 16 June.

The move comes after an approval by the State Executive Council (MMKN) to implement the policy on Wednesday, 12 June.

Hee explained that the policy is in line with the Selangor state government's campaign to reduce the use of single-use plastics.

Eateries will now be required to keep their straws behind counters, and only provide them upon request by the customer

Only one straw will be provided per drink ordered, reported Bernama.

Hee added that local authorities will update the Terms of Business License Application to include the ban, which restaurant operators are required to apply for when starting or renewing businesses.  

The government hopes the policy will help educate Selangor residents on the long-term impact of plastic waste

"The main objective of this policy is to educate and increase the level of awareness of residents in Selangor on the long-term impact of the use of plastic, in particular plastic straws, on health and the environment," Hee said, reported Bernama.

"The implementation of this policy is expected to help the government to control the increasingly significant environmental pollution and encourage recycling or reuse to maintain environmental cleanliness in Selangor," he added.

The public is also encouraged to give suggestions and opinions on the implementation of the campaign and policies regarding plastic use to any department and government agency, besides directly contacting the Exco office.

Energy, Science, Technology, Environment, and Climate Change Minister Yeo Bee Yin has plans to make Malaysia a zero single-use plastic nation by 2030:

In preparation for the ban, check out these alternatives to plastic straws: