BPB Supports Single-Use Plastics Legislation

September 20, 2021 | 2 Comments

Beyond Plastic Bermuda [BPB] said they applaud the Government for “their intention to bring legislation forward governing single-use plastics in 2022, and urged the community to “provide their input on the proposed legislation.

A spokesperson said, “Beyond Plastic Bermuda [BPB] is a newly formed collaborative group of Bermuda’s environmental registered charities comprised of Bermuda Environmental Sustainability Taskforce [BEST], Keep Bermuda Beautiful [KBB], Green Rock as well as several environmental advocates. BPB’s primary goals are to support the Government’s recently announced 2022 intended ban on single-use plastics [SUPs], and to act as agents for change in the community by educating the public about the perils of plastic pollution.

“Beyond Plastic Bermuda applauds the Government and the Minister of Home Affairs on the announcement of their intention to bring legislation forward governing single-use plastics in 2022. The Government’s policy document is very well considered and well researched. We congratulate them on producing a world-leading approach to this critical issue.

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“The team at Beyond Plastic Bermuda is pleased to see the Government’s continued commitment to tackling the worldwide problem of plastics pollution. Plastics are directly contributing to the decline in the environmental health of our oceans and are having a direct impact on the health of every species, including humans, on earth.

“The whole Bermuda community needs to foster the necessary conversations to assist everyone in their education and understanding of the negative impacts of plastics and to empower them to embrace alternatives and switch to reusable products. Bermuda’s size and location makes this a particularly relevant issue which we can no longer ignore.

“Beyond Plastic Bermuda hopes to assist 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 plastics.

“The intention to ban twelve categories of items, whilst not an easy paradigm shift, is a vital one for our community. Bermuda has the opportunity to become a world leader in demonstrating how a community can live plastic free which will not only clean up the environment, improve our health but also be attractive to travellers who seek out healthy and sustainable destinations.

“Beyond Plastic’s focus is on four goals:

  • To educate the public about the environmental and human health impact of plastics.
  • To offer guidance regarding safe alternatives to single-use plastics.
  • To encourage and support the Government’s legislation and policies to reduce and eliminate single-use plastics.
  • To encourage and support the public to reduce and or eliminate individual single-use plastics where possible.

“Beyond Plastic Bermuda looks forward to working with the Government and the community to achieve these goals. We encourage the community to provide their input on the proposed legislation by going to the Government’s forum here.”

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  1. E. Gamble says:

    Instead of Plastics, use Bio-degradable BAMBOO Products.

  2. x says:

    sure am going to miss those plastic COVID masks though

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