Greenpeace Canada has tallied the take from its shoreline clean-up a month ago.
It combed waterfronts in several regions across the country on World Clean Up Day raking in 2231 pieces of identifiable trash and over 700 pieces of branded but unidentifiable trash due to degradation.
The majority of the plastics, candy wrappers and such could be traced back to five companies: Nestle, Tim Hortons, Pepsi, Coca-Cola and McDonald’s.
Around the world over 187,000 pieces of plastic trash were audited. Coca-Cola was the top polluter in the global audit, with Coke-branded plastic pollution found in 40 of the 42 participating countries.
“These brand audits offer undeniable proof of the role that corporations play in perpetuating the global plastic pollution crisis,” said Global Coordinator of Break Free From Plastic Von Hernandez. “By continuing to churn out problematic and unrecyclable throwaway plastic packaging for their products, these companies are guilty of trashing the planet on a massive scale. It’s time they own up and stop shifting the blame to citizens for their wasteful and polluting products.”
Greenpeace has launched a petition calling on the CEOs of Nestlé, Tim Hortons, PepsiCo., The Coca-Cola Company and McDonald’s to take responsibility for their role in the plastic pollution crisis, to “stop trashing our future and to commit to phasing out single-use plastic products.”