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Bandar Seri Begawan - Brunei will increase its environmental drive by initiating a "No Plastic Weekend", expected to start in the first quarter of next year.

As a continuation of the country's first-ever "No Plastic Day" carried out in May this year, the environment-friendly initiative would be launched in stages, said the Minister of Development at the "Green Carnival 2010" yesterday.

Pehin Orang Kaya Indera Pahlawan Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Suyoi Haji Osman announced in his speech that the Department of Environment, Parks and Recreation (Jastre) had discussed with major superstores and shops in the country about the continuation of the campaign.

The drive is soliciting the support and cooperation of businesses, said the minister. Pehin Dato Hj Suyoi said the environmental issues had become a universal problem and that the world was under constant threat of climate change. He said that Brunei was no exception. The minister cited a 2005 study by Jastre that Bruneians on average produce 1.4 kgs of waste a day.

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