On a recent family bike ride we rode on a couple back roads that were sadly littered with so much trash, mostly consisting of water and various alcohol bottles.
According to treehugger.com and banthebottle.net, approximately 50 billion water bottles were sold last year in the United States alone, with almost 200 billion being produced each year worldwide.
This should be a veritable goldmine for recycling centers to receive a highly valued commodity that can be used as feedstock for new plastic products. In reality, however, it is estimated that over 80% of all water bottles sold end up as litter or are sent to the landfill as trash.
During the 2014 Keep America Beautiful Great American Cleanup, 93 million polyethylene terephthalate (PET) were recovered and recycled. PET plastic is most commonly water and beverage bottles.
Although waster bottles aren’t touted as being the most littered item, it seems to be close to the top of the list. If you are a regular consumer of bottled water, consider an alternative to buying new bottles, such as refilling ones you already have or purchasing a decorative bottle to refill and eliminate purchasing bottled water altogether.
For more information on recyclable items visit www.wasteawaygroup.com.