83% Support Restricting Single Use Plastics

October 21, 2021 | 5 Comments

A recent survey by Narrative Research Bermuda showed that 83% of residents support restricting the use of single use plastics on the Island.

A spokesperson said, “The impacts of plastic pollution on the marine environment and the health of shorelines are well documented, and it is believed that if the situation is left unattended in Bermuda, these will ultimately have repercussions on the country’s economy.

“In its 2018 Throne Speech, the Government announced its intentions to eliminate single use plastics on the Island by 2022 as an important action to preserve the Island’s oceans.

“Earlier this year, the Government released a Policy Paper and more recently, the Minister of Home Affairs, Walter Roban reaffirmed the Government’s commitment to limit the use of plastic products such as plastic bottles, wrappers, straws, cutlery, and carrier bags, among other items, through the introduction of legislation.

83 Percent Support Eliminating Single Use Plastics Bermuda Oct 2021

“Narrative Research Bermuda surveyed residents to assess their opinions of the proposed ban. Results show that there is strong support for the elimination of single use plastics on the Island with eight in ten residents either completely [50%] or mostly [33%] in favour of restricting use of these products by 2022.

“By contrast, opposition is low with only one in ten residents who either mostly [8%] or completely [3%] disagree with the idea. Meanwhile, just five percent of the adult population are unsure.

“These results are part of Narrative Research Bermuda’s Online Bermuda Omnibus Survey conducted in September 2021 with a sample of adult residents of Bermuda [18 years of age or older]. The results above are not commissioned by a third party and were collected independently by Narrative Research Bermuda.

“The results presented in this document were collected from our online survey of 298 members of Narrative Research Bermuda’s proprietary online panel of adult residents, Bermuda Voice. A margin of error cannot be ascribed to the online survey results.”

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  1. Triangle Drifter says:

    Well of course the vast majority are going to check the ‘yes’ box in support of getting rid of single use plastics. That is the easy part. No effort at all.

    The fact is that Bermudians are extremely messy people who generate trash like our neighbours to the west. We grumble about once a week trash pickup because we generate so much trash & don’t want to deal with it. We have simple recycling but how many actually do it? Go into any grocery store & observe who & how few bring reusable bags.

    Talking & clicking is cheap.

    How many have considered the how & the cost of cutting the use of single use plastics? What are the alternates? It is all very well for the Government to make popular announcements but unless they have a plan to carry them out all they have done is make a noise.

    • Joe Bloggs says:

      “We have simple recycling but how many actually do it?”

      Not me. In the 3 MONTHS before lockdown last year the recycling people came by my house TWICE. I gave up.

      “Go into any grocery store & observe who & how few bring reusable bags.”

      Most people I see bring their own bags. Personally, I am in favour of the British approach to bringing your own bags. Instead of giving a discount for bringing your own bags, charge 5¢ for each bag provided.

      “It is all very well for the Government to make popular announcements but unless they have a plan to carry them out all they have done is make a noise.”

      Yes. What is your point, please?

  2. Brandon says:

    paper straws still suck tho

  3. Jevon Ray says:

    298 people took this survey. This doesn’t even reflect 1% of our island’s population.

  4. Taaj says:

    I’ll take a lacklustre straw or no straw if it = saving the planet

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