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Facts about PET Plastic

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recycleplastic editCubic yards conserved in a landfill by recycling PET beverage bottles:

  • 4,800 recycled 16-ounce bottles saves a cubic yard
  • 4,050 recycled 20-ounce bottles saves a cubic yard
  • 3,240 recycled 1-liter bottles saves a cubic yard
  • 2,430 recycled 2-liter bottles saves a cubic yard

 

Other facts include:

  • The first PET bottle was recycled in 1977
  • Recycling a ton of PET containers saves 7.4 cubic yards of landfill space.
  • Since 1978, manufacturers have reduced the weight of a two-liter bottle by about 29%, from 68 grams to 48 grams.
  • The average household generated 42 pounds of PET plastic bottles in the year 2005.
  • The manufacture of every ton of PET produces around 3 tons of carbon dioxide (CO2).
  • Each ton of plastic recycled saves as much as 16 barrels of oil.
  • Nineteen 20 oz. PET bottles yield enough fiber for an extra large T-shirt, or enough to make one square foot of carpet.
  • It takes 63 20 oz. PET bottles to make a sweater.
  • Fourteen 20 oz. PET bottles yield enough fiberfill for a ski jacket
  • It takes 114 20 oz. PET bottles to make enough fiberfill for a sleeping bag.
  • Approximately 1.6 billion gallons of oil are used each year for plastic bags alone.
  • According to the EPA, recycling a pound of PET saves approximately 12,000 BTU's
  • Custom bottles (which are bottles used for products other than carbonated soft drinks) represent 62% of all PET bottles available for recycling.