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Mike Schreiner, Leader of the Green Party of Ontario and MPP for Guelph, is the first Green MPP elected to the Ontario Legislature in 2018.

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Five-year-olds know how to recycle. Why doesn’t Doug Ford?

July 8, 2024

QUEEN'S PARK — Ontario Greens Leader Mike Schreiner released the following statement in response to news that Ontario will not implement a deposit-return system on non-alcoholic beverage containers.

“The Ford government’s decision to abandon its plans for a deposit-return system on non-alcoholic beverage containers is a classic case of Conservatives putting corporate greed over public good.

Deposit-return programs are proven to successfully divert bottles and cans from our landfills, lakes and parks. That’s why almost every other province already has one in place.

Ontario’s existing recycling program has major shortcomings, diverting less than 50 percent of non-alcoholic beverages. Meanwhile, the alcoholic beverage deposit-return programs we already have in place have success rates of 70 to 80 percent.

This should be a no-brainer for the Ford government. But once again, the Premier is more concerned with keeping corporations happy than helping out ordinary Ontarians.”