Plastic Recycling Fun Facts!
Most plastics will last from 200-400 years in a landfill before biodegrading.
Americans use 2,500,000 plastic bottles every hour, and most of them are thrown away.
Recycling 1 ton of PET containers saves 7.4 cubic yards of landfill space.
Recycling a pound of PET saves approximately 12,000 BTU's
Fourteen 20 oz. PET bottles yield enough fiber for an extra large T-shirt
It takes 14 20 oz. PET bottles to make one square foot of carpet
It takes 63 20 oz. PET bottles to make a sweater
It takes 85 20 oz. PET bottles to make enough fiberfill for a sleeping bag
Each year, 352 million pounds of plastic are dumped into the sea.
Plastic bags and other plastic garbage thrown into the ocean kill as many as 1,000,000 sea creatures every year!
American throw away 25,000,000,000 Styrofoam coffee cups every year.
Recycling plastic saves twice as much energy as burning it in an incinerator.
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