HDPE bottle sales and wasting in the US

HDPE bottle sales and wasting in the US

Line graph of HDPE sales and waste from 1991 to 1996

HDPE Bottle Sales and Wasting in the U.S., 1991-2006*
YEAR SOLD
thousand tons
RECYCLED
thousand tons
 Recycling rate WASTED
thousand tons
1991 1,209 134 11.1% 1,075
1992 1,272 203 15.9% 1,069
1993 1,359 220 16.2% 1,139
1994 1,491 266 17.8% 1,225
1995 1,291 310 24.0% 980
1996 1,359 334 24.6% 1,025
1997 1,433 354 24.7% 1,079
1998 1,559 367 23.5% 1,192
1999 1,618 381 23.6% 1,237
2000 1,617 373 23.1% 1,244
2001 1,620 375 23.1% 1,245
2002 1,655 412 24.9% 1,243
2003 1,661 403 24.2% 1,258
2004 1,743 448 25.7% 1,295
2005 1,702 457 26.8% 1,245
2006 1,755 469 26.7% 1,286
* Includes beverage and non-beverage HDPE bottles, in both natural and pigmented resins.
Sources: HDPE sales and recycling data are derived from the American Plastics Council and the American Chemistry Council.

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