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Discarded Plastic Pellets Might Become a Serious Menace
They look harmless enough on their own, but when small, plastic pellets the size of lentils accumulate in rivers and on the shorelines of the Great Lakes, the end result can be toxic.

Research being conducted by Western University is in the midst of gauging the danger this plastic debris can be to the largest freshwater system in the world.

It’s estimated that about 47 per cent of the country’s plastic products industry is located in Ontario. The pellets get melted down to make bottles and other items, but thousands of them spill during transport or are swept off factory floors into drains.

The end result is not just a series of filthy beaches but something more drastic. They end up in the food chain.

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