To Reduce Rise in Plastic Waste, Penang Island Council Launches ‘Bring Your Own’ Container Campaign for Takeaways | Malaysia

Penang Island City Council’s Bring Your Own Challenge encourages consumers to switch to reusable containers and reduce single-use plastics. — Photo courtesy of MBPP

GEORGE TOWN, February 25 – The Penang Island City Council (MBPP) is encouraging consumers to use their own reusable containers, bags and bottles when ordering takeout to reduce the growing mountain of plastic waste in restaurants. state landfills.

MBPP Mayor Datuk Yew Tung Seang said plastic and paper waste from food delivery services are the second and third most collected solid waste on a daily basis.

Plastic and paper waste represent 25.3% of all solid waste collected.

“At the end of 2021, plastic waste is the second highest amount of solid waste collected after food waste, while paper waste is the third,” he told a virtual press conference. after chairing a full council meeting this morning.

He said that of the plastic waste collected, 74% came from delivery services and for paper waste, 40.8% came from delivery services.

“We can see that the food delivery service is the biggest contributor to plastic and paper waste, so we want to urge everyone to bring their own recyclable containers and bags to reduce the use of single-use plastics and packaging. paper food,” he said.

The MBPP “Bring Your Own (BYO)” campaign starts today and ends on March 31.

The challenge is open to anyone on the island to upload a video or photos of them using recyclable bags and reusable food containers to their own social media using the hashtags #BYOPenang and #MBPPBYOChallenge.

MBPP Councilor Connie Tan said the 10 most creative posts will receive mystery council prizes.

Bryce K. Locke