The installation is part of a growing call for government and industry to support an Ontario deposit return program for plastic bottles.

Toronto, Ont. – This Thursday, commuters in Union Station will be able to experience what it’s like to be a fish swimming through plastic waste in the Great Lakes. An all-day interactive art installation made of 12,000 used pop and water bottles will raise awareness about the magnitude of Ontario’s plastic pollution problem, and the pressing need for solutions — like a deposit return program for plastic bottles.

At 50 per cent, Ontario has the worst recycling rate for plastic bottles in the country. Deposit return programs, like what the province already has for wine and beer bottles, are a proven way to increase recycling rates. Ontario is one of only two provinces without a deposit system for plastic bottles. Currently, despite the Blue Box program, 1.5 billion plastic bottles end up in landfills or the environment in Ontario every year.

Thousands of Ontarians have already signed petitions calling on government and industry to implement a deposit return program for plastic bottles in the province. Commuters will also be invited to show their support.

Plastic Bottle Art Installation at Union Station

WHERE: GO Concourse, Union Station, 65 Front St. W, Toronto

WHEN: Thursday, February 15

TIME:  6 a.m. – 6 p.m. Environmental Defence spokespeople and the artist will be on-site for interviews at 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.

WHAT: A large art installation, created by Toronto artist Rebecca Houston and commissioned by Environmental Defence, made of 12,000 used plastic bottles collected around the GTA. Commuters can walk through the interactive installation to experience swimming through a sea of plastic waste. The project is part of Environmental Defence’s Cash it! Don’t trash it campaign in support of a deposit return program for plastic bottles in the province.

PHOTO OP: Commuters walking through and interacting with an art installation made of thousands of used plastic bottles.

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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);