Ontario is being urged to consider the environmental impact of plastic bottles as it updates the provincial policy on water taking permits for bottled water companies.
Environmentalists who worry that bottling companies like Nestle can take millions of litres a day from Ontario wells when communities need it for their drinking water are also concerned about where millions of empty plastic water bottles end up.
Nestle estimates about 70-75 per cent of the water bottles are recycled in Ontario.
Stewardship Ontario, the non-profit organization that runs the province's Blue Box program, couldn't say exactly how many water bottles end up in landfills, but estimated 66 per cent of plastic beverage containers used in homes get recycled. read more >>