Approximately 80% of plastic water bottles end up in landfills. Each bottle might take up to 1,000 years to disintegrate. We buy 80 percent of our plastic water bottles, and 80 percent of them end up in landfills. More than 2 million tons of wasted water bottles have clogged landfills in the United States. That's equivalent to removing 60,000 trucks from traffic.
The other 20 percent of plastic bottles are recycled. Recycling plastic bottles creates new products that can be used again. For example, recycled plastic bottles are used to make plastic bags, carpeting, and sports equipment.
There are several different types of plastics. Most plastic bottles contain polyethylene terephthalate (PET). This is the same material as soft drink bottles and food containers. A small amount of plastic bottles are made from polyvinyl chloride (PVC). These include water bottles that don't contain PET or glass bottles that get recycled.
When you recycle a plastic bottle, it first goes into the recycling bin at your local grocery store or drugstore. From there, the bottles are sent to recycling plants where they are sorted by color, shape, and quality. The better the quality, the higher the price that will be received when the bottle is sold on the market. Poorly shaped bottles are either sent back to the manufacturer for reuse or discarded completely.
When you recycle plastic water bottles, you help to reduce the amount of garbage that ends up in landfills. In fact, recycling saves roughly 7.4 cubic yards of landfill area for every ton of plastic recycled. Furthermore, recycling your plastic bottles can save them from ending up in the water and on roads. Finally, recycling plastic bottles creates jobs in the industry who work with recycled materials.
The main effect of recycling plastic bottles is that it reduces the amount of garbage that ends up in landfills. Recycling plastic bottles helps to conserve our environment by using resources wisely and preventing more expensive or harmful practices such as incinerating trash or dumping it in open fields.
Additionally, recycling plastic bottles helps to provide employment in the industry who work with recycled materials. There are many companies that produce products from recycled plastic bottles such as carpeting, furniture, and new bottles. These products are cheaper than their traditional counterparts because they don't have to account for the cost of energy needed for production processes that use fossil fuels or non-renewable natural resources for power.
Finally, recycling plastic bottles prevents them from ending up in the ocean. Most plastic bottles are made from petroleum oil which is also used to make many other products including car tires, computer monitors, and mobile phone screens. When these bottles decay or are dumped in landfills they can release toxic substances into the soil and water.
Every hour, around 54.9 million plastic bottles are tossed, with a total of 481.6 billion bottles discarded in a year. Figures illustrating the volume of plastic bottle garbage created globally from 2009 to 2019.
Every second, 1,000 bottles of water are opened in the United States, and 60 million plastic water bottles are discarded. Every day, more than 60 million plastic water bottles are discarded in the United States, the most of which wind up in landfills or as trash in America's streets, parks, and rivers. The New York Times reported in 2010 that over a decade after they are purchased, half of all bottled water sold in the United States is still in use.
In response to these issues, companies have begun using recycled plastic bottles for re-manufactured products. These products include new water bottles, electronic components such as cables and wires, and outdoor gear such as shoes and tents.
Currently, only a small percentage of plastic bottles are recycled, but efforts are being made to increase this number. For example, some cities have started requiring manufacturers to provide an alternative product if they cannot recycle their bottles. This means that if a company cannot find a market for a product, it will be recycled instead of going into the environment wastefully dumped in landfill sites or incinerators.
Plastic bottles can be divided into three main types: polyethylene terephthalate (PET), high-density polyethylene (HDPE), and low-density polyethylene (LDPE). PET is used to make water bottles because of its durability and resistance to chemicals.