The presentation of a cheque for K150,000 from Conservation and Environmental Protection Agency to Help PNG NGO is the first major step in the war on single use plastic bags and other single use plastic items.
The cheque was presented by CEPA managing director Gunter Joku to Help PNG NGO chief executive officer Frank Butler to launch “the ban the bag initiative”.
The money will be used to start a grassroots awareness campaign to point out PNG’s over use of single use plastics – SUP – such as bags, bottles, cups and straws. The initiative will focus on SUP bags initially by advocating the introduction of a charge on plastic bags at points of sale.
“We are proposing that shops charge customers 20 toea per plastic bag, we are hoping to implement this much needed shift in thinking by August 1. This small action alone should reduce SUP bag consumption by at least 50 per cent. Awareness and education bolstered by robust laws will be the key to the success of this project,” Mr Butler said. Post Courier
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