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Seeing Red Over “Green”

Posted by on 6 February 2017

Dear Selangor Government,

I have a bone to pick with you!

Starting the 1st of January, 2017, the whole of Selangor is now #bebasplastik (plastic bag-free).  Sure, it’s “good for the environment” but I say: shame on you, Selangor government, for taking the easy way out! Why do the ban at consumer level only? What are YOU doing on manufacturers’ level? Do you have a program in place that bans manufacturers from using certain types of packaging that can neither be recycled nor reused? At the very least, plastic bags get a second-lease in life (or maybe even more) as a garbage bag, as a shoe bag, for wrapping extra clothes to school, and so on. But is there any legislation for plastics used in electrical and electronic equipment?? In the UK alone, more than 10 million tonnes of packaging waste is produced every year. I dare say Malaysia produces so much more, especially for small electronic items like this!

packaging waste example

Don’t even get me started on plastic water bottles. Why aren’t those banned, as well??

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What about coffee pods? Why is there no regulation about coffee machines that use these single-serving pods?

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Image from http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-35605927

In Hamburg, Germany, a ban has been in place since January 2016 for “equipment for hot drinks in which portion packaging is used” – specifically singling out the “Kaffeekapselmaschine”, or coffee capsule machine, which accounts for one in eight coffees sold in Germany, due to these products causing “unnecessary resource consumption and waste generation.” Why can’t we do the same thing?

And finally, don’t even get me started on the waste segregation enforcement supposedly set in place since June 2016. What a joke! Our family dutifully bought the colour-coded bags and segregated our household waste like any good law-abiding citizen. But guess what? The garbage collectors simply grabbed ALL of the bags and dumped them all into the same lorry! Fast forward to February 2017, we segregate all recyclables into one bag and even when we specifically tell the garbage collectors what’s inside it, they simply dump it with the rest of the trash.

I may be only one irate Selangor resident but I can assure you there are thousands more who feel the same as I do!

Rant over. Over and out.

 

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