2013 Bottled Up Report

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bottleduptnailAs part of its thought leadership and mission to help improve beverage container recycling in the U.S., the Container Recycling Institute (CRI) periodically performs an analysis of beverage container sales and recycling rates which are produced as authoritative published reports for use by decision makers and recycling advocates across the country. The 2013 edition of CRI’s signature report is Bottled Up (2000-2010) - Beverage Container Recycling Stagnates.

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usbevwasteThis report from CRI and expert contributors from the field shows that sales of disposable beverage containers have increased over the past 10 years, while recycling rates have stagnated. Released in 2013, the “Bottled Up” report can be used as a resource for research and analysis regarding current beverage container recycling and the environmental impacts of beverage packaging. The report is accurate and comprehensive—full of valuable recycling information you won’t find elsewhere! We’ve compiled the data on beverage container recycling and packaging together in one reference document.



What is covered in the individual state-by-state spreadsheet packages?

Each data package includes tables containing sales, recycling and wasting data for most beverage types and beverage packages sold in the United States—by state or for the U.S. as a whole! It is user-friendly with a wealth of information derived from industry and government sources, and is easily modifiable.
Each spreadsheet package includes:

  • Total and per capita sales in volume and units, categorized by carbonated and non-carbonated beverages, alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, and packaging types including traditional and non-traditional material types.
  • Market share analysis by beverage, package, and both beverage and package
  • Existing recycling and wasting as well as hypothetical scenarios
  • Modifiable recycling rate estimates


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Why order the state spreadsheet packages?

  • Get data on beverage and packaging sales for any state & the U.S.
  • Determine current & hypothetical levels of recycling for your state
  • Establish a baseline before implementation of recycling policies or programs
  • Project revenues and environmental benefits from additional recycling



For further information about Bottled Up: Beverage Container Recycling Stagnates (2000-2010), or to order your copy, contact CRI. Please mention that you are requesting a data package, and which state (or the US overall) you would like to receive. Your data files will be emailed to you in Microsoft Excel format.


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Bottled Up (2000-2010) - Beverage Container Recycling Stagnates


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Stay tuned for CRI's upcoming sequel to “Bottled Up”:

"Tipping Point:  Beverage Container Wasting, Plastic Pollution and The Failed Promise of Curbside Recycling"
(forthcoming later in 2022)

State data packages for the 2022 BMDA (2019 data year) are already available for purchase. 
To see table titles in each state package (or U.S. data set), download a file map here. You can also download sample tables from the 2022 BMDA (2019 data year) here

To purchase a state data package, please click on this contact form, and tell us which state you're interested in. Each state package is $1,000, and 501(c)3 organizations may request the $500 non-profit price.

Download our 2010 report here:
"Wasting and Recycling Trends" (2008 data)

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