About The Report:
Plastic pollution has reached every corner of the globe. The Pacific Garbage Patch is well known. What’s less known is that 80 per cent of litter in the Great Lakes region is plastic. This pollution is threatening the health of the Great Lakes ecosystem and the source of drinking water for 40 million people.
Action is needed now to stop the proliferation of plastic pollution in the Great Lakes. Our new report outlines a plan that would make polluters pay, would charge a fair price for industrial water use, and would protect the Great Lakes for current and future generations.
Ontario is one of the only provinces without a deposit return program for beverage containers like plastic water bottles. As a result, less than half of the plastic bottles used in Ontario find their way to recycling bins. The rest, an estimated 1 billion bottles each year, end up in landfills and the environment. In comparison, Canadian provinces and territories with a deposit-return program recycle over three quarters of their bottles. In some provinces, like New Brunswick, the deposit program also generates money that goes to an environmental fund.
Take action to help protect our waters: tell Ontario to “Cash it! Don’t trash it” by introducing a deposit return system to reduce plastic waste and fund efforts that keep our waterways clean.