Recycling Facts & Figures

Find some interesting facts and figures about PET, plastics recycling and our EcoStar facility. For information about the History of PET, click here.

  • In the early 80’s, recycling of post-consumer plastic packaging began as a result of individual state bottle deposit programs.
  • According to the ACC, 94% of Americans have access to a plastics recycling program (2014). Most curbside collection programs collect more than one type of plastic material or resin which usually includes PET and HDPE
  • Since 1977, the ACC has found that the 2-liter soft drink bottle has gone from weighing 68, to just 47 grams saving more than 180 million lbs of packaging in 2006 due to lightweighting.
  • The EPA states that in 2012, the US produced approximately 14 million tons of plastics for packaging and containers. Specifically 31% of PET bottles and jars were recycled.
  • The APR states that in 2012, 5.5 billion lbs of PET could be found on US shelves with 1.7 billion lbs recycled. Of the 5.5 billion lbs, 326 million lbs were from post-consumer recyclate.
  • NAPCOR states that a cubic yard of landfill space is conserved by recycling the equivalent of 2,430 2-liter plastic PET bottles. In addition, the EPA states that 12,000 BTU’s can be saved by recycling 1 lb of PET.
  • NAPCOR’s Life Cycle Inventory data indicates for a single lb of PET flake utilized, energy usage and greenhouse gas emissions are diminished by 84 and 71% respectively.
  • Over 85 bottles can be used to make filling for a sleeping bag according to the APR. NAPCOR states that the average American household used roughly 42 lbs of PET plastic bottles in 2005.
  • More than 50% of the word’s synthetic fiber is produced from PET.

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TOUR THE ECOSTAR FACILITY

Over 1 billion discarded consumer PET soda bottles, water bottles and thermoformed containers carrying the #1 symbol go through our recycling facility each year. These containers are ground, washed then extruded into our EcoStar brand of PET sheet which is thermoformed back into packaging, helping conserve valuable natural resources. Watch our video for a tour of the EcoStar facility and recycling process.