Per capita beverage sales, recycling, and wasting

Per capita beverage sales, recycling, and wasting

From 1970-2006, the average American's consumption increased, while wasting increased at almost the same rate. Recycling increased and decreased again.

The average American drained the contents of 721 bottles and cans in 2006—a startling 2 per person per day--compared to about 645 in 2000. Historic figures CRI has tracked show per capita consumption of 319 in 1980, and an estimated 254 in 1972.

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