Greenpeace names Nestle and Tim Hortons as 2019 top plastic polluters

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Some familiar brands are on Greenpeace Canada's list of top plastic polluters in 2019.

Nestle and Tim Hortons top the list, followed by Starbucks in third, McDonalds in fourth, and Coca-Cola coming in fifth.

Greenpeace officials say of the 240 companies they considered, 39% of the overall plastic pollution belonged to the top five companies.

According to the Greenpeace release, Nestle accounted for 12% while Tim Hortons had 11%.

The most commonly collected single-use items were cigarette butts, bottles and caps, wrappers, cups and lids, and straws and stir sticks.

Head of Greenpeace Canada's Oceans and Plastics Campaign Sarah King says the top polluters are shifting responsibility to consumers instead of fixing 'broken business models.' "Companies' responsibility doesn’t end at the point of sale. It's time these polluters got honest with their customers about the scale of their plastics problem and made a real commitment to solve it through ditching disposables and embracing reuse."