Tim Hortons and Starbucks have been ranked by Greenpeace Canada as some of the biggest polluters in the country.
Nestlé, Coca-Cola, and McDonald’s also made their way among the top five polluters this year, and some of the top garbage found in 2019 included food wrappers, bottles and caps, cups and lids, and cigarette butts. The study was part of a global audit of a whopping 42 countries, naming the largest plastic polluters.
It's time @Nestle @TimHortons @Starbucks @McDonalds @CocaCola & all throwaway #plastic producers stop expecting ppl to clean-up their #plasticpollution, stop creating waste, ditch disposables & commit to real product delivery solutions based on the NOT NEW concept of #REUSE! ?? https://t.co/5jHtOPaj1p
— sarah king (@sckinger) October 9, 2019
A total of 400 volunteers participated in shoreline cleanups across Canada between April to September 21st, where they collected 13,822 pieces of plastic waste.
UPDATE: Starbucks has responded to the article with the following statement.
“Starbucks continues to be dedicated to the research and development of leading programs to eliminate waste and increase recycling. We were one of the first to offer discounts to customers who bring in reusable mugs, we provide and promote reusable cups and mugs in-store, and we were an early pioneer in the offer of a cup sleeve to reduce waste caused by double-cupping. We provide and fund in-store recycling in most stores and have items processed at a separate facility to ensure items that can be recycled are recycled, even in municipalities that currently do not support the processing of our cups.
More recently, we made significant investments and commitments that are part of our pathway towards building and operating the world’s largest green retail business. We invested $10 million to the NextGen Cup Challenge to help fund the development of a fully compostable paper cup and will be piloting a prototype of a greener cup in Vancouver later this year.
We also introduced recyclable strawless lids and are working to eliminate plastic straws globally by 2020.
We continue to work with leaders in sustainability to create better solutions on a global scale and recently signed on as a Principal Member of the World Wildlife Fund’s ReSource: Plastic to inspire action across sectors and supply chains.”