It WILL be an eco-friendly Ramadan in the Subang Jaya municipality as there is a ban on polystyrene containers at Ramadan bazaars.
Subang Jaya Municipal Council (MPSJ) president Datuk Nor Hisham Ahmad Dahlan said the council’s “Love the Environment” campaign held for the third consecutive year is in line with the MPSJ Green City Plan 2030.
“While last year’s campaign was to raise awareness, this year we are enforcing the ban on polystyrene containers,” he said at a press conference after a visit to the USJ 4 Ramadan bazaar.
Under the Traders By-law 2007, a maximum compound of RM1,000 will be issued to traders who violate the guidelines. On the other hand, Unilever (M) Sdn Bhd will award 10 exemplary Ramadan bazaar traders a prize worth RM1,000 each. MPSJ will be giving out free food containers to lucky visitors at the bazaar.
For this year’s Ramadan bazaar, the council introduced four campaigns, namely the Bring Your Own Container campaign, Say No to Plastic, Say No to Polystyrene, and Used Cooking Oil campaign. In 2014, 295kg of used cooking oil was collected from traders while last year they managed to collect 215kg.
Also present at the event were Kelana Jaya MP Wong Chen and Subang Jaya assemblyman Hannah Yeoh. Yeoh lauded the council’s enforcement efforts.
“I see that locals are manning the stalls unlike other places where Malaysians would rent their stalls to foreigners,” she said, adding that the fee that traders pay was minimal and the council was not in it for profit.