BNT Welcome Pledge On Single-Use Plastics

November 10, 2018 | 4 Comments

The Bermuda National Trust said they welcome the announcement in the Throne Speech that Government intends to eliminate single use plastics in Bermuda by 2022, adding that the impact of plastics on the oceans is well documented.

The relevant portion of the Throne Speech said, “The horrific impact of plastic on the environment is a global issue. In the era of the manifested impact of climate change, Bermuda must consistently act to preserve its oceans.

“To this end, single-use plastics will be eliminated by 2022 and the intervening years will be spent educating the community about recycling and re-usable items and encouraging greater sensitivity to the ocean and its importance to our lives.

“Organisations like the Blue Marine Foundation participated in the Ocean Risk Conference hosted in Bermuda in May, and their goal of increasing the protections for the world’s oceans is one Bermuda should share.

“By 2020 a charge on single-use plastics will be instituted as we move to the point of elimination,” the Throne Speech added.

United Nations video on the impact of plastics in the ocean:

In response, the BNT said, “The Bermuda National Trust welcomes the announcement in the Throne Speech that Government intends to eliminate single use plastics in Bermuda by 2022.

“As the Government stated in the speech, the impact of plastics on the oceans surrounding Bermuda and on our shores is well documented and it is incumbent on all communities, large and small, to play a part in reducing their use.

“We note also that the manufacture and transport of single use plastic items such as bags, bottles and straws contribute to the amount of carbon in the atmosphere, the primary cause of climate change.

“The Trust also supports the Government’s intention to spend the period between 2018 and 2022 educating the community about recycling and re-usable items and encouraging greater sensitivity to the ocean and its importance to our lives and would welcome the opportunity to support these initiatives.

“The Trust wholeheartedly agrees with the statement in the Throne Speech: ‘Addressing the impact of climate change requires action at both the national and international level and we all must play our part as individuals in recycling and reducing our carbon footprint.’

“As a leading advocate for the environment since 1970, the National Trust pledges to do what it can to support this initiative.”

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  1. Kenny says:

    Save the plastics!!!!!

  2. Hey says:

    If the government were serious, then we no longer have plastic straws or carrier bags today. 2022 I’d just lip service. How long does it take to say no plastic straws from Jan 1 and no plastic bags from June 1.

    PLP speak but do nothing.

  3. Smh says:

    Unfortunately it doesn’t appear the government has an actual plan to execute this. I wouldn’t get too excited.

  4. campervan says:

    Can the supposed five star hotel resorts on the Island please lead by example and do away with the throw away plastic cups they use to serve cocktails etc on their beaches and dock fronts. Can we please take it up a notch and at least use heavy gauge reusable plastic for beverages that lets be honest, aint cheap.

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