No additional charge for biodegradable plastic: DBKL

KUALA LUMPUR: Traders and hawkers in the federal capital caught imposing an additional charge on their customers for biodegradable plastic bags will be issued a compound of up to RM2,000, according to Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) planning executive director Datuk Mohd Najib Mohd.

He said DBKL had made it compulsory for all business premises to only use biodegradable plastic bags to conserve and preserve the environment, effective Jan 1 last year.

"Hence, consumers are advised to report to DBKL if they are imposed additional charge by traders for biodegradable plastic bags," he told reporters after opening a gotong royong programme, themed "Jom Bersih Bukit Bintang 14" here today.

Consumers, he said, should also report to DBKL on business premises which still used the ordinary plastic bags or containers.

On the gotong-royong programme, he said it was organised by DBKL with the cooperation of Bukit Bintang Central Environmental Committee (BBCEC) and involved the participation of about 1,000 students from schools in the federal capital. — Bernama