Plastic Bottle Sales and Wasting in the U.S.

Plastic Bottle Sales and Wasting in the U.S.

Graph: Plastic Sales & Wasting from 1991-2006.

Plastic Bottle Sales and Wasting in the U.S., 1991-2006*
YEAR SOLD
million tons
RECYCLED
million tons
Recycling rate WASTED
million tons

1991

1.82

0.29

15.7%

1.53

1992

1.97

0.40

20.5%

1.56

1993

2.12

0.44

21.0%

1.67

1994

2.35

0.54

22.9%

1.81

1995

2.26

0.63

27.9%

1.63

1996

2.50

0.65

26.0%

1.85

1997

2.71

0.68

25.0%

2.03

1998

3.01

0.72

24.0%

2.29

1999

3.24

0.75

23.2%

2.49

2000

3.34

0.75

22.5%

2.59

2001

3.50

0.79

22.6%

2.71

2002

3.66

0.81

22.1%

2.85

2003

3.81

0.82

21.6%

2.98

2004

4.06

0.95

23.4%

3.11

2005

4.24

1.04

24.6%

3.20

2006

4.47

1.11

24.7%

3.36

* Includes beverage and non-beverage HDPE and PET bottles.
Sources: Data derived from the American Plastics Council and the American Chemistry Council.

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