I’ve criticised poor US recycling performance in the past, so now I’d better praise real progress.
The latest figures from the National Association for PET Container Resources show that 38.6% of single-serve plastic water bottles in the US were recycled in 2011, which is a commendable 20% increase on the 32.2% achieved in 2010, and double the rate of seven years before.
Also of significance, the average weight of a standard size 50cl PET bottle has fallen below 10g for the first time, 47.8% less than in 2000 according to Beverage Marketing Corporation.
If you can bear another statistic, PET for bottled water accounts for under 1% of all plastic produced in the US, and only a third of 1% of all US waste, reports the US Environment Protection Agency. Oh, that’s two statistics. Better be accurate. Sorry.
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