PLASTIC – Recycling Facts

Recycling plastics “affects a range of products, from drink containers to shopping bags to pipes.  Plastic is almost always the product of petroleum, a non-renewable resource.”  This is why plastic recycling is immensely important.

  • Americans throw away 25,000,000 plastic beverage bottles every hour!  Eights out of 10 plastic water bottles become landfill waste.
  • In 2006, Americans drank about 167 bottles of water each, but only recycled an average of 23 percent.  That leaves 38 million water bottles in landfills.  Plastic bottles take 700 years before they begin to decompose in a landfill.
  • A typical family consumes 182 gallons of pop, 29 gallons of juice, 104 gallons of milk, and 26 gallons of bottled water a year!
  • American throw away 25,000,000,000 Styrofoam coffee cups every year.
  • Plastic bags and other plastic garbage thrown into the ocean kill as many as 1,000,000 sea creatures every year!
  • Recycling plastic saves twice as much energy as burning it in an incinerator.
  • Over 1.3 billion pounds of post-consumer plastics are recycled annually in the U.S.  The U.S. post consumer plastics industry employs over 52,000 workers.
  • Over 23 million lbs of plastic foam peanuts are recycled annually; that’s enough to fill up the Empire State Building!

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Becky’s Pet Care encourages all employees to recycle as much as possible.  We reuse plastic grocery bags to clean up after dogs – giving the bag one more use instead of buying new plastic bags for cleanup.  We encourage everybody to think of ways they can reduce, re-use, and recycle everything, especially plastics.

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