CHICAGO (CBS) — The Shedd Aquarium is enlisting the help of restaurants to keep plastic out of the Great Lakes.
Researchers said some 22 million pounds of plastic end up in the Great Lakes every year – about half of it through Lake Michigan.READ MORE: CTA Orange, Green Line Service Partially Halted, Loop 'L' Trains Snagged Due To Medical Emergency At Roosevelt
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Restaurants signing onto the Shedd’s efforts must commit to reevaluating how they use their plastic and consider alternatives.MORE NEWS: 2-Year-Old Chicago Lawn Girl Suffered Burns, Bruises Before She Died, Police Say
Diners can do their part by skipping plastic utensils as much as possible – or to reuse them along with other single-use plastic items.