Kuala Lumpur. Malaysia also wants to completely eliminate single-use plastics in the country by 2030 and achieve this goal step by step and, among other things, with a fee for plastic bags. This was confirmed by Malaysian Environment Minister Yeo Bee Yin at a press conference on September 24.
In addition to a plastic bag fee, the country will also introduce a rule that straws will initially be issued only upon customer demand and not with every drink in restaurants and bars. The ministry's goal is not to drive out plastic manufacturers, but to slowly prepare the industry to produce environmentally friendly alternatives. In doing so, companies can count on the country's support. The environment minister also wants to support waste disposal - the Malaysian islands are to receive special help in this regard, in order to protect the popular diving sites and the animal world from the Plastic waste in the environment preserve.
Malaysia is one of the countries in the world that produces the most plastic waste in relation to its population. The country is the fourth largest plastic exporter in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).
The target to ban single-use plastic by 2030 is an important step for Malaysia and should also encourage other countries to adopt more environmentally friendly alternatives.
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