Tell Ontario to put a price on plastic pollution
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. It needs to stop now.
Ontario’s Blue Box recycling program isn’t doing enough. We have the lowest polyethylene terephthalate (PET) bottle recycling rate of any province. Only half the plastic bottles sold in Ontario are recycled – the rest end up in landfills or the environment. The solution to plastic pollution is simple: put a price on it.
Ontario is one of the only provinces without a deposit return program for plastic beverage containers, including plastic water bottles. But Ontarians know that deposit programs work – the deposit return program for beer bottles has a return rate of 98 per cent. We can build on this success to capture plastic bottles too!
Deposit return systems keep plastic out of landfills and the environment. 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 introduce a deposit return system to reduce plastic waste and fund efforts that keep our waterways clean.