Thursday, February 21, 2013

Plastic water bottle recycling rate jumps almost 20%

Plastic water bottle recycling rate jumps almost 20%

  • By WRN Staff
File photo The recycling rate for PET water bottles is up sharply, according to the International Bottled Water Association.
 
The recycling rate of single-serve PET water bottles jumped 19.7% in just one year, the International Bottled Water Association reported this afternoon.
Citing new data from the National Association for PET Container Resources (NAPCOR), the association reported that 38.6% of plastic water bottles were recycled in the United States in 2011 -- an almost 20% percent jump from the 2010 rate of 32.25% and more than double the plastic water bottle recycling rate of seven years ago.
NAPCOR data shows that 500 million pounds of plastic water bottles were recycled in 2011 out of the 1.3 billion pounds available for recycling, according to an IBWA news release.
In addition to the recycling stats, the IBWA cited data from the Beverage Marketing Corporation that reveals that since 2000 the average amount of PET used in a standard size (16.9-ounce) water bottle has dropped 47.8% to 9.9 grams.
"The bottled water industry utilizes a variety of measures to reduce our environmental footprint," Chris Hogan, IBWA's vice president of communications, said in a statement. "All bottled water containers are 100 percent recyclable. And, when you do the math, it turns out that of all the plastics produced in the U.S., PET plastic bottled water packaging makes up only 0.92 percent; less than one percent. Moreover, plastic bottled water containers make up only one-third of one percent of the U.S. waste stream, according to the EPA."
The IBWA represents the bottled water industry's bottlers, distributors and suppliers, and their interests.

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