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Tim Hortons, Nestle named Canada’s top plastic polluters

For the second year in a row, Nestland Tim Hortons were the top companies behind branded plastic bottles, coffee cups and lids and other plastic waste collected in shoreline cleanups across the country, Greenpeace Canada reported Tuesday.

Starbucks, McDonald’s and the Coca-Cola Company rounded out the top five of the environmental advocacy group’s list of plastic polluters.

“Year to year the general order can shift a bit, but overall it’s those top usual suspects that we will keep seeing pop up,” said Sarah King, head of Greenpeace Canada’s oceans and plastics campaign.

“We know that all of the top five companies to date haven’t made significant efforts to reduce [plastic] production. Their products are going to be in the environment until that happens.”

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