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: 'This Is Not 1970,' Mayor Lightfoot Says Of Firefighter-EMT Erik Zuma, Who Is Charged With Sex Assault And Was Kept On The Job
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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: Shock After Gunmen Shoot, Kill Barber, Customer In Front Of Multiple People At Lawndale Barbershop
Diners can do their part by skipping plastic utensils as much as possible – or to reuse them along with other single-use plastic items.