Single-use Plastic Straw banning

Single-use Plastic Straw banning

01 Aug 2018 Chin Leong Ooi

Single-use Plastic Straw banning

Penang: In an effort to reduce plastic waste, chain restaurants around the world have been encouraging customers to stop using plastic straws.

McDonald's Malaysia has also jumped on the bandwagon by introducing a 'Say No To Straws' campaign, starting Aug 1.

MacDonald banning plastic straws

Although an official statement has yet to be released by the fast food giant, some branches in Bangsar and Penang have already put up signs informing customers that plastic straws will no longer be provided beginning next month, unless specifically requested at the counter.

If you eat out every day, you will find that plastic straws come with almost every drink, which explains why Malaysians have been said to use about 31 million plastic straws daily.

The detrimental impact that plastic leaves on our planet became obvious when a sea turtle was found with a plastic straw stuck up its nostrils here in 2015.

banning plastic straws 

Although a straw seems minuscule in the world of plastic, it is said that one straw can take up to 200 years to decompose. Multiply that by the amount that Malaysians use daily and the number is no longer as small as we think.

While the crackdown on plastic also involves carrier bags and disposable coffee cups, straws are the number one target on the list, detrimental to marine life everywhere.

The journey to eliminate the use of single-use plastic products has been a tumultuous one. There are practical initiatives in place to curb the use of plastic including implementing plastic bag-free days, charging a fee for carrier bags, and also switching to paper based food packaging for takeaways. People are gradually becoming increasingly aware, though it is progressing rather slowly.

In general, Malaysia has been slowly taking steps towards reducing plastic waste by replacing polystyrene food packaging and plastic bags with recyclable ones.

In 2009, a 'Say No To Plastic Bags' campaign was launched in Penang, when the government required customers to pay 20 sen for each plastic bag used.

Customers were instead encouraged to bring their own recyclable bags when shopping. The initiative was soon implemented in other states around Malaysia.

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