Sunday, January 2, 2011

Drive helps AEON save 10m plastic bags

AEON Co (M) Bhd, which runs the JUSCO supermarket, has been able to reduce 10 million pieces in usage of plastic bags by its customers since the launch of its "No Plastic Bag" campaign in January 2008.

Its general manager (corporate social responsibility and corporate branding), Noryahwati Mohd Noh, said the 10 million reduction in plastic bag usage also helped to save energy of 14,640 litres of petroleum which would be required to produce the plastic bags.

She said that when AEON launched the campaign in 2008, only five per cent of the customers obliged, but now the number had increased to 15 per cent.

Prior to the campaign, AEON gave between 80 and 90 million plastic bags to customers every year, she said at the launch of the state-level "Reduce Use of Plastic Bag" and "No Plastic Bag Day" campaign in Bukit Tinggi in Klang today.

The function was opened by the Domestic Trade, Cooperatives and Consumerism Ministry deputy secretary-general (Consumerism and Management), Mahani Tan Abdullah.

Noryahwati said that the company was able to collect RM200,000 from sales of plastic bags on the "No Plastic Bag Day" this year, which is Saturday, where customers would have to pay 20 sen for each plastic bag should they insist on having the plastic bags to put in their purchases if they did not bring their own bags.

"The collection is not to bring in profit for the company because the money is used to finance projects like planting of trees at the AEON Mahkota Cheras and the social project at the Melaka Hospital" she added.

Meanwhile in TERENGGANU, 13 supermarkets in Kuala Terengganu, Dungun and Kemaman have agreed to cooperate with the government to ensure the success of the "Reduce Use of Plastic Bag" campaign.

Terengganu Unity, Health and Consumer Affairs Committee chairman Dr A Rahman Mokhtar said effective today, the participating supermarkets would no longer give plastic bags to their customers on Saturday.

"Those who still want the plastic bags will have to pay 20 sen each and the money donated to the Terengganu consumers welfare fund," he added. -- Bernama

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