No Plastic Bag Everyday Poster Competition opens

|     Danial Norjidi     |

THE Ministry of Development through the Department of Environment, Parks and Recreation announced it is organising a No Plastic Bag Everyday Poster Competition with the slogan “It takes a nation to end plastic pollution”.

The deadline for submissions is March 28.

According to a press release, the No Plastic Bag Everyday Poster competition aims to socialise the initiative to the public as well as search for a potential new design for the official poster.

The competition is divided into three categories: Junior Category – primary school students ie Year 1 to Year 6, Intermediate Category – secondary school students ie Year 7 to Year 11 and Open Category – open to all Brunei residents.

Participants stand a chance to win gift vouchers up to BND200 for the Junior Category, BND400 for the Intermediate Category and BND600 for the Open Category.

Entry forms and details can be downloaded from www.env.gov.bn and the department’s Instagram account @jastre.bn.

For information, the department can be contacted via email [email protected] and/or at 2241262 ext 408/410.

The No Plastic Bag Weekend initiative was launched on March 26, 2011, where on Saturdays and Sundays participating stores no longer gave out single-use plastic carrier bags to shoppers in an effort to encourage practice of the 3R (Reduce, Reuse, Recycle) concept, curb plastic pollution and inculcate sustainable habits among the people. Friday was then added to the initiative on February 17, 2012 to make it a complete ‘green’ weekend.

The initiative was extended in 2018 to include all remaining days of the week.

Thursday was added in conjunction with the Earth Day celebration on April 19, 2018, fitting the theme ‘End Plastic Pollution’; Wednesday was added on July 11, 2018; Tuesday on October 2, 2018; and finally Monday on December 31, 2018, leading to No Plastic Bag Everyday by January 1, 2019.