Sept 1, 2020

CGLRNew Great Lakes Plastic Cleanup Initiative aims to tackle the problem head-on through the largest deployment of Seabin and LittaTrap™ technology in the world.
 
The Council of the Great Lakes Region (CGLR), thanks to funding from Environment and Climate Change Canada, is pleased to announce the launch of the first phase of the Great Lakes Plastic Cleanup initiative with founding partners Pollution Probe, the University of Toronto (U of T) Trash Team, Boating Ontario, PortsToronto, as well as collaborators EnviroPod, Water Products and Solutions-America, Poralu Marine and Georgian Bay Forever.
 
Plastic debris accounts for around 80% of the litter found on Great Lakes shorelines. In fact, it is estimated that a staggering 10 million kilograms of plastic enters the largest freshwater system in the world each year from Canada and the United States. It could cost more than $400 million annually to curtail plastic pollution through beach and waterway cleanups, public anti-littering campaigns, and the development and deployment of innovative capture and cleanup technologies.
 
Through the Great Lakes Plastic Cleanup initiative, CGLR, working alongside its project partners, will spearhead and support the largest single deployment of two innovative technologies in the world, the Seabin and the LittaTrap, to capture and recover plastic debris along Ontario’s Great Lakes shorelines.
 
In total, 16 Seabin devices will be installed through this of phase of the initiative, which will help researchers study plastic pollution in our waterways as well as reinforce the importance of “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle,” the iconic phrase coined by Pollution Probe in the early 1970s that today has global reach and a new significance as we shift to a circular future. In addition to the installation of Seabin devices, 10 LittaTrap™ devices will be deployed at a select number of marinas to capture and prevent the flow of plastic and other debris from entering the lakes.

Participating marinas, confirmed thanks to a close collaboration with Boating Ontario, the province’s leading voice for the recreational boating industry, include:

New Sites:
·      Huck’s Marine & Resort, Rockport
·      Port Whitby Marina, Whitby
·      Trent Port Marina, Trenton
·      Toronto Island Marina, Toronto
·      Bay Port Yachting Centre, Midland
·      Wye Heritage Marina, Midland
·      Kon Tiki Marine, Gilford
·      Queen’s Cove Marina, Victoria Harbour
·      Thornbury Harbour, Thornbury
·      Spanish Municipal Marina, Spanish
·      Prince Arthur’s Landing, Thunder Bay
 
During a recent PortsToronto pilot in Toronto’s Outer Harbour Marina, a partnership with student researchers from the U of T Trash Team found that two Seabins collected up to two kilograms of litter per day, and captured a wide array of plastic, including microplastics. The LittaTrap™ is no less impressive, with a design that allows it to capture and retain 100% of plastic and other debris larger than 5mm carried in stormwater.
 
The U of T Trash Team will again lead the analysis as part of the Great Lakes Plastic Cleanup, auditing the captured litter to produce valuable information on the sources and accumulation of plastic pollution in local freshwater ecosystems. Data collected will be used to help identify, for government, industry and civil society, what can be done to prevent plastic from reaching the lakes in the future.
 
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“Plastic litter in the Great Lakes is a significant problem, arising in part from poor recycling. As we seek to end plastic waste by closing the loop in our economy and adopting circular solutions, this innovative project begins the task of capturing and cleaning up plastic pollution before and after it enters our lakes and rivers,” said Mark Fisher, President and CEO, Council of the Great Lakes Region.
 
“Waste reduction has been core to Pollution Probe’s mission throughout its 50 year history. We are thrilled to be working with such great partners to tackle plastic pollution in the Great Lakes head on. The Great Lakes Plastic Cleanup will have immediate impact by diverting and removing plastic pollution from the Great Lakes while contributing to the science and citizen engagement needed for long-term, enduring solutions,” said Christopher Hilkene, CEO, Pollution Probe.
 
“Today there is no doubt that plastic pollution is ubiquitous across the Great Lakes. In our laboratory, we see plastic pollution in every sample of surface water, drinking water, and fish taken from the Great Lakes region. This project will increase awareness through community science, and aims to create a long-term dataset that can inform future policies,” said Chelsea Rochman, Co-Founder of the U of T Trash Team and Assistant Professor in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at University of Toronto.
 
“Boating Ontario members live and breathe the health of our waterways on behalf of all boaters. The Great Lakes Plastic Cleanup is a wonderful initiative that ties in perfectly to our 24 ++ year run with our industry Clean Marine environmental program. We all look forward to the collection results as we strive to be your stewards of the water,” said Rick Layzell, CEO, Boating Ontario Association
 
“PortsToronto was among the first to implement the Seabin program in North America, piloting the program at our Outer Harbour Marina in summer 2019, and then launching additional Seabins in the Toronto Harbour a few months later. We were thrilled with the efficacy of the Seabins in terms of capturing plastics and microplastics, and quickly recognized that the waste collection facilitated by the Seabins is just one step toward eliminating harmful materials from our waterways. The next step is learning from this waste in an effort to educate and change behaviour, and that is why we have partnered with groups such as the University of Toronto Trash Team,  Council of the Great Lakes Region, Pollution Probe, and Boating Ontario on the Great Lakes Plastic Cleanup,” said Geoffrey Wilson, Chief Executive Officer, PortsToronto
 
About the Council of the Great Lakes Region
 
Established in 2013, the Council is a binational, member-driven, non-profit corporation that is dedicated to deepening the United States-Canada relationship in the Great Lakes economic region. It focuses on creating stronger, more dynamic cross-border collaborations in harnessing the region’s economic strengths and assets, improving the well-being and prosperity of the region’s citizens, and protecting the Great Lakes watershed for future generations. It achieves this by connecting regional leaders through the annual Great Lakes Economic Forum and sector dialogues, exploring key trends shaping the region and proposing solutions and strategies that move the region forward through public policy research, and acting as a strong voice for the region’s varied socioeconomic and environmental interests.

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