Selangor Collects RM38 Million From 20 sen Charge For Plastic Bag

The Selangor government collected RM38 million up to last year by charging 20 sen per plastic bag at stores, said state executive councillor for public health and environment Jamaliah Jamaluddin.

Jamaliah said the money collected will be used for awareness programmes organised by the state government to educate the people on the importance of preserving the environment.

“The proceeds will be channelled to programmes like the state’s Environment Carnival 2024 on July 20 and 21, solar light installation, Trees for Education programme, Earth Day celebration, and Community Garden Project,” she said.

She was speaking to reporters today at a press conference at Wisma DNS to announce the Selangor edition of the Environment Carnival, to be held at 1 Utama in Petaling Jaya.

Jamaliah said through the programme, the state government will gather feedback from the people about raising the charge for plastic bags in Selangor.

“There have been calls to raise the charge for plastic bags, but the state government will seek the feedback from the people during the carnival, which is themed ‘Plastic-Free Campaign’.

“In conjunction with the carnival, 29 booths by various government agencies, non-governmental organisations, petty traders and private organisations will be set up to offer various exhibits and interactive workshops to create awareness regarding the environment,” she said.

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