How many plastic bottles are thrown away each year in America?



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    Unfortunately, the number of plastic bottles that are thrown away every year, and in fact each day, is massively high. A recent report from MSNBC estimates that 40 million plastic water bottles PER DAY are thrown away, which is over 80%. Contrast that with soft drink bottles, for which an estimated 18 million become waste every day. What’s worse, the rate of plastic recycling plummeted from 54% in 1994 to 19% in 2003. Environmentalists stress the importance of recycling plastic, so that less petroleum is consumed; petroleum is an active agent in the production of plastic. 

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