Top Canadian plastic polluters revealed and they are all well-known names.
And it should come as no big surprise.
There are five of them.
Nestlé, Tim Hortons, PepsiCo, the Coca-Cola Company and McDonald’s.
And they accounted for 46 per cent of the plastic pollutants.
The results were made public after Greenpeace Canada and other advocacy groups did an audit of the companies.
It involved the following:
Thousands of Canadian volunteers collected 10,000 litres of food wrappers, plastic bottles, plastic-lined coffee cups and other trash.
It was collected in Vancouver, Toronto, Montreal and Halifax during World Cleanup Day on Sept. 15.
It was the first Canadian plastic polluters brand audit.
“It’s high time we shine a light on the role that throwaway plastic producers are playing in the plastic pollution crisis,” says Sarah King, Greenpeace Canada’s Head of Oceans and Plastics.
“Brand audits create undeniable evidence of how companies like Nestlé, Tim Hortons, PepsiCo., Coca-Cola and McDonald’s are trashing our shorelines and green spaces across Canada.”
Top Canadian Plastic Polluters Revealed
Food wrappers were the most common type of plastic item found.
This was followed by bottles, cups, bottle caps and then branded shopping bags.
Food packaging was identified as the top product type, followed by household products.
And Greenpeace says recycling is not the answer.
“It’s clear that cleanups and recycling cannot contend with the never-ending flow of single-use plastic waste being produced by corporations.
“The only way to curb plastic pollution is by stopping corporations from producing throwaway plastics in the first place,” says King.
And this is certainly true.
Greenpeace launched an on-line petition asking the companies to change their polluting policies.
So until politicians get serious about the plastic scourge wrecking the world’s environment nothing will really change.