Refill Not Landfill

October 31, 2008 14:45 ET

Environmental Crusaders Stage Protest to Save the Planet

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Oct. 31, 2008) - Today environmental champions, Rocky "The Returnable" Jones, The Green Man and Mother Nature herself, staged a protest at the Ontario Ministry of the Environment offices in Toronto. When interviewed, Rocky Jones said he was fighting to "save the planet" and hopes the protest will encourage the Ontario government to follow the lead of the Quebec government and pass legislation banning the sale of oversized non-returnable 15 litre PET bottles. Several municipalities have clearly stated that these bottles are too large to be processed in municipal recycling facilities and end up going into landfill instead. The Green Man said he understood approximately 2 million non-returnable 15L bottles are sold in the province each year and that if placed side by side create a waste stream stretching from Windsor to Ottawa. "This is obviously sheer environment insanity," said The Green Man. Mother Nature said non-returnable packaging is hurting her and the planet.

Despite earlier initiatives by former Environment Minister Laurel Broten to eliminate the sale of the 15 litre non-returnable bottles, the current Minister of the Environment John Gerretsen has failed to move forward on legislation to deal with this growing environmental problem. This is particularly perplexing in view of the fact that senior policy advisors in Gerretsen's office have been quoted as saying that from an environmental standpoint this is a "no-brainer."

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