Home Affairs Minister Walter Roban today issued another appeal urging residents to “once again, consider using non-plastic, reusable items this Cup Match holiday”.

In a statement released this morning, the Minister said: “The time to rethink the use of single-use plastics is now.

“As you prepare for your holiday events, enjoy outdoor areas, and prepare to run concessions – I want to encourage the Bermuda public to consider alternatives to items such as plastic cups, food containers, plates, straws, plastic cutlery, plastic bags and the like.”

The Minister continued: “When shopping this holiday, take a few extra seconds to inquire about available alternatives to single-use plastic items. Many retailers around the island have begun to offer re-usable straws, utensils, cups and more. I want to encourage everyone to take advantage of these items and explore alternative options when purchasing plastic products.”

“As this country moves towards the elimination of single-use plastics, it is important that we all do our part to contribute to a greener and cleaner Bermuda.”

It was also noted that “persons can help to ┬ákeep Bermuda clean and beautiful by disposing of all trash responsibly”.

Residents were also urged to consider bringing their own bags and containers for trash disposal at any “events you host or attend”.

The Ministry of Home Affairs also takes this opportunity to wish everyone a safe, happy and plastic-free Cup Match holiday.