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Nestlé, Tim Hortons Top Companies named as Canada's top plastic polluters

Nestlé,Tim Hortons Top Companies named as Canada’s top plastic polluters

Top Companies named as Canada’s top plastic polluters

Coffee appeared to be the most popular hot beverage among Canadians.

If you are a Canadia national, the chances are high that you get your morning cup of joe from either one of these giants.

Among the list of coffee giants, Tim Hortons and Starbucks are arguably the most popular.

But where do those empty glasses go?

For the second year in a row, Tim Hortons is one of the top companies named for branded plastic bottles, coffee cups and lids and other plastic waste, joining Nestle and Starbucks on the worst-in-Canada list.

Tim Hortons & Starbucks named Canada's top plastic polluters

Coca-Cola and McDonald’s were also among the top five worst-offenders this year.

The top companies were named from 1,426 pieces of identifiable branded plastic out of 13,822 pieces of plastic waste collected.

Greenpeace Canada’s report found that the garbage can be found along Canadian coastlines.

Greenpeace Canada’s oceans and plastics campaign’s head, Sarah King, said that their goal is to hold companies accountable for the plastic pollution issue that they continue to create.

Tim Hortons & Starbucks named Canada's top plastic polluters

Over the past couple of months, Greenpeace has been working with the Break Free From Plastic movement, and to uncover Canada’s worst offending plastic polluters they have completed brand audits country-wide.

According to the report, thousands of volunteers spent hundreds of hours sifting through Canada’s junk plastic packaging. The discarded plastic had been retrieved from beaches, rivers, shorelines and oceans in Canada.


The cleanups were organized by community groups participating in the global ‘Break Free from Plastic movement’ in Montreal; Toronto; Fredericton; Grimsby, Ont.; Halifax; Covehead, P.E.I.; Broken Group Islands, B.C.; Vancouver and Victoria.


The top plastic items found this year were:

  • Cigarette butts (not included in last year’s audit)
  • Bottles and caps
  • Food wrappers
  • Cups and lids
  • Straws and stir sticks
  • Tampon applicators
  • Foam pieces
  • Bags
  • Cutlery
  • Food packaging

Earlier this year, Starbucks announced to decrease its environmental impact, including strawless lids for iced coffee cups.

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