Environmentalists from across the country are urging Ontario to consider the impact of plastic bottles in our landfills.
This warning comes as the province updates it policy on water taking permits for bottled water companies.
The worry from environment specialists is that companies such as Nestle are taking millions of litres a day from Ontario wells when several communities require it as their source of drinking water.
The additional concern is wondering where those millions of empty plastic bottles will end up.
Nestle estimates that roughly 70-75 percent of their water bottles are recycled within Ontario.
The company that runs the province’s Blue Box program however, has a different figure.
Stewardship Ontario estimates that only 66 per cent of plastic beverage containers used in homes get recycled.
Also, with energy consumption being the hot topic surrounding Queen’s Park recently, The Council of Canadians, a non-profit social action organization, says bottled water is almost 2,000 times more energy intensive to produce compared to tap water.
Some municipalities, including Toronto as well as multiple school boards have placed a ban on bottled water sales in the schools and facilities.
Premier Kathleen Wynne has stated that Ontario will treat bottled water companies differently than other commercial water takers under a set of new rules that is expected to be implemented in the fall.