Business operators must adhere to Selangor's policy to discourage the use of plastic bags and polystyrene boxes from Jan 1 next year or face a maximum RM1,000 fine.
According to state exco member Elizabeth Wong, the policy will be included as a condition in business licenses.
From next year onwards, business owners must not give out plastic bags for free. Instead, they must collect RM0.20 for each bag. However, the use of polystyrene boxes will be banned.
"Local council by-laws have been revised to support this policy and retailers must agree to go plastic-free when applying for or renewing their licence.
"All retailers will be provided with visual materials to build awareness of the #BebasPlastik campaign," said Wong, whose portfolio includes green technology, environment, tourism and consumer affairs.
She said that the state government's surveys had found that 71 percent of Selangor folk was of the opinion that the present "no plastic bag day" policy, which only took effect every Saturday, was insufficient.
"We need change and we are committed to this change by making it a policy to fight rampant littering and to address environmental issues like global warming," she said.
She added that the state had stopped using plastic bags and polystyrene at all official events and buildings.
More details on the #BebasPlastik campaign can be viewed at the campaign website here. -Mkini