Government House has announced that it will aim to eliminate single-use plastic from all events at the House and in its day-to-day operations.

The most common examples of single-use plastics are cold drink bottles, packaging and, for certain events, cutlery and straws.

Governor John Rankin said: “We are all increasingly aware of the risks to our environment from throw-away, non-biodegradable plastics which foul the waters around Bermuda and endanger our wildlife.

“If we all act together we can make a difference and Government House will be encouraging its suppliers themselves to take steps to reduce unnecessary use of plastics. We are also looking at ways to increase our recycling of waste.”