For immediate release: October 24, 2018

Media advisory/ Photo Opportunity: New sculpture showing shocking scale of Ontario’s plastic bottle problem opens at Ripley’s Aquarium

The sculpture made of 12,000 plastic bottles represents the number of bottles thrown out every four minutes

Toronto, Ont. – Today, October 24th, Environmental Defence Canada and Ripley’s Aquarium are hosting a ribbon-cutting event to celebrate the opening of their new exhibit on plastic pollution.  Media will be able to view the sculpture and explore the aquarium from 5-6pm, followed by speeches and a ribbon-cutting cocktail reception from 6-7pm.

WHAT: Ribbon-cutting event with photo and interview opportunities inside Ripley’s Aquarium.

WHEN: October 24th, 5-7pm. Speeches and ribbon-cutting at 6pm.

WHERE: Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada, 288 Bremner Blvd, Toronto.

WHO: Interview and photo opportunities with the artist Rebecca Jane Houston, and speakers Tim Gray, Executive Director, Environmental Defence, Keith Brooks, Program Director, Environmental Defence, and Peter Doyle, General Manager of Ripley’s Aquarium.

The sculpture, made from 12,000 plastic bottles collected from events within the GTA and created by Toronto artist Rebecca Jane Houston, represents the number of plastic bottles thrown out in Ontario every four minutes. The sculpture was commissioned by Environmental Defence to raise awareness about the magnitude of Ontario’s plastic pollution problem, and the pressing need for solutions — such as a deposit return program for plastic bottles.

At 50 per cent, Ontario has the worst recycling rate for plastic bottles in the country, and is one of only two provinces without a deposit system. Despite the Blue Box program, 1.5 billion plastic bottles end up in landfills or the environment in Ontario every year.  Visit our website for more information on Environmental Defence’s Cash it! Don’t Trash it campaign asking for a deposit return program for plastic bottles in Ontario.

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.


For media access please contact:

Stephanie Kohls, Communications Director, Environmental Defence; skohls@environmentaldefence.ca, 416 885-7847 (cell)


Rachel Kitchin, Communications Manager, Environmental Defence; rkitchin@environmentaldefence.ca, 416 805-0026 (cell)