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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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