Suck This In: Plastic Straws Will Be Banned in KL, Putrajaya and Labuan from Jan 2019

It’s a victory for the Federal Territories as Ministry secretary-general Datuk Seri Adnan Mohd Ikhsan announced yesterday (Sept 20) that Kuala Lumpur, Putrajaya and Labuan would ban plastic straws starting January 1, 2019.

According to The Star, Adnan said business owners would face the risk of operation licence being revoked if they were still found to be using disposable plastic straws next year.

Source: The Star

“Business owners may also be fined, lose their deposits, have their trading items confiscated or even be imprisoned.

“The ban on plastic straws is in addition to the ban on plastics bags and polystyrene food packaging, which started in September last year (2017).

“The requirements are clearly stated in their business licences, so there is no excuse for the business owners to claim ignorance.

“Local authorities will not hesitate to take action according to its by-laws,” said Adnan.

Previously, FeedMe Malaysia highlighted the importance of single-use plastic straws ban as it poses significant threats to the environment. As all polypropylene plastics are, they are not biodegradable. Add that to the fact that plastic straws are small articles who are prone to fall between the cracks of recycling machines and causes expensive breakdowns.

Source: Gfycat

Despite being fully recyclable, the quarter-inch hollow tubes live the fate as a problematic recyclable and that most recycling factories rather forego it all together to stay cost-effective.

So never recycle straws without consulting your local recycling plants. “Hopeful recycling” mentality hurts more in the end. Here is a list of things that are commonly assumed recyclables but they are not, according to The Guardian:

  • Hand soap pump dispenser tops
  • Kitchen roll
  • Non-paper gift wrap
  • Coffee cups
  • Plastic bags
  • Tissues
  • Wine glasses
  • Glass cookware
  • Window glass
  • Straws
  • Greasy takeaway pizza boxes (cut off and trash the greasy part and recycle the rest)
  • Soft plastic/laminated foil packaging such as pet food and baby food pouches
  • Photo paper
  • Nail varnish bottles
  • Crisp packets
  • Post-it notes
  • Shampoo bottles and food containers that have not been rinsed
  • Tissue boxes where the plastic insert has not been removed
  • Plastic toys
  • Mirrors
  • Cutlery
  • Pots and pans

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