KBB Praises Govt’s Single-Use Plastic Plans

August 26, 2021

“This continued commitment by the Government to single-use legislation puts Bermuda at the forefront of the global fight against plastic pollution,” Keep Bermuda Beautiful said.

This follows after Minister of Home Affairs Walter Roban announced that ”the Government has committed to eliminating single-use plastics by 2022.”

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A spokesperson said, “Keep Bermuda Beautiful applauds the Government and the Minister of Home Affairs for the release of their well considered policy document on the critical issue of single-use plastic.

“The document highlights not only the need to tackle our own situation, but also to participate in the global movement to regulate single-use plastic products. This continued commitment by the Government to single-use legislation puts Bermuda at the forefront of the global fight against plastic pollution.”

“Keep Bermuda Beautiful Executive Director, Katie Berry said “Today marks a turning point for Bermuda where we can start discussing the changes required of all of us to address the plastic pollution crisis. Plastic is everywhere; in the air we breathe, the food we eat, the water we drink, and the oceans where we swim. It has a direct impact on animal and marine life, and also human health.

“Change is not going to be easy! I’ll be the first to acknowledge that plastic has enabled great progress, but it comes at a great price to our environment. We must work together to find alternatives, embrace sustainability, and accept our responsibility to future generations.”

“Keep Bermuda Beautiful recognises that it is not for the Government alone to tackle this challenging issue and offers its ongoing support to achieve our mutual goals to reduce waste and litter.

Berry says, “I look forward to continuing the important work of Keep Bermuda Beautiful to recover misplaced waste in an effort to rid our beaches, roadsides, parks, railway trail and open spaces of plastic and other littered items, as well as promoting waste management mechanisms which encourage the reduction and reuse of materials.”

“Keep Bermuda Beautiful plays a leading role in the campaign group Beyond Plastic Bermuda that was formed in 2021 by environmental non-profits and concerned individuals to address the issue of single-use plastic. Beyond Plastic Bermuda hopes to assist Bermuda and the Government in fostering an environment that will encourage innovation and public private partnerships to create a sustainable model for a reduction in single-use plastic, the promotion of alternatives, and recovery. Katie Berry, Keep Bermuda Beautiful Executive Director will continue to lead this campaign in the coming months as a matter of priority and encourages interested individuals and donors to get in touch.”

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  1. Joe Bloggs says:

    Has anyone asked KFC or Ice Queen for an opinion on this?

  2. Question says:

    How will this impact garbage and recycle disposal as most leave plastic bags filled with refuse or cans and glass by the road on pick up days.

  3. Richard OLSON says:

    It is nice to see we are making the right choice to KBB and the transition should be smooth but be prepared to pay slightly more at the register especially takeout restaurants. KBB

  4. Question says:

    So how will this work with rubbish and recycling disposal? Do we all just have bins with no trash or recycle bags? Paper?