In the lead up to the Bermuda Day holiday and the summer season, Deputy Premier and Minister of Home Affairs, Walter Roban appealed to the Bermuda public to “think twice before using and disposing of single-use plastics”.
Those items include plastic cups, food containers, plates, straws, plastic cutlery and plastic bags.
Speaking at a news conference on Wednesday, Mr Roban said: ” We become reliant on plastic. We use it for everything and it is incredibly convenient.
“However this convenience comes at a high price.”
He noted that “The Plastic Ocean Trust estimates that 80 percent of all marine debris is made from plastic”.
“Eight million metric tons of plastic is being dumped into the sea every year and by the year 2050 there will be more plastic in than fish in the oceans,” said Mr Roban.
“You will be reminded that in the Speech from the Throne, we made a commitment to eliminate the use of single-use plastics by 2022.
“A few Caribbean islands have already made drama!c changes to eliminate the sale, use and presence of single-use plastics in their jurisdictions and I am pleased that we have also begun the process to do the same.
“As we move towards a more progressive and conscientious era, I seek your support in helping us to achieve this goal.
“My message today is a short one, but of grave importance to our environment.
“Firstly, let’s keep Bermuda beautiful and dispose of all trash responsibly. At any events you host or attend, on beaches, parks or public spaces – have your own bags and containers for disposal.
“This will also help to assist those persons who have the responsibility for maintaining these public spaces for our benefit.
“Secondly, I would like to encourage the use of re-usable items. Many retailers around the island have begun to o5er re-usable straws, utensils, cups and more. I want to encourage everyone to take advantage of these items and explore alterna!ve op!ons when purchasing plastic products.”
The Minister concluded: “I’d like to wish everyone a safe, happy and plastic-free Bermuda Day Holiday. Join me in keeping our oceans and environment safe this holiday and summer season.”