Toronto, Ont. –This weekend, Torontonians are invited to drop off empty plastic pop, juice, and water bottles for recycling at Trinity Bellwoods Park to get some extra change in return. Residents that participate will receive 10 cents for every bottle they bring.

The event is part of Environmental Defence’s Cash it! Don’t trash it campaign in support of a deposit return program for plastic bottles in Ontario. Deposit return programs, like what Ontario already has for wine and beer bottles, are a proven way to increase recycling rates. Currently, despite the Blue Box program, 1.5 billion plastic bottles end up in landfills or in the environment in the province every year.

Plastic Bottle Collection Event

WHERE: Trinity Bellwoods Park, southeast entrance (see map), Toronto

WHEN: Saturday, October 28 and Sunday, October 29

TIME:  10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

WHAT: Bottle collection event hosted by Environmental Defence. Residents can drop off empty plastic pop, juice, or water bottles to receive 10 cents for each bottle. Plastic bottles one litre or under in size are accepted. Bottles collected will be recycled. For more information, please visit environmentaldefence.ca/bottles.

PHOTO OP: Members of the community bringing bins and bags full of plastic bottles in return for cash.

About ENVIRONMENTAL DEFENCE (environmentaldefence.ca): Environmental Defence is Canada’s most effective environmental action organization. We challenge, and inspire change in government, business and people to ensure a greener, healthier and prosperous life for all.

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For more information or to arrange an interview please contact:

Jennifer Mayville, Environmental Defence, 416-323-9521 ext 228; 905-330-0172 (cell); jmayville@environmentaldefence.ca