Oct 8, 2020

Coalition Group(From left to right) Boating Ontario CEO Rick Layzell; Pollution Probe CEO Christopher Hilkene; NOVA Chemicals VP Rob Thompson; and Council of the Great Lakes Region  President and CEO Mark Fisher

The Council of the Great Lakes Region (CGLR), thanks to funding from Environment and Climate Change Canada, recently announced 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:

SeabinNew 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.

“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

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