According to the EPA, 30 million tons of plastic waste were generated in 2009. Dividing this by the number of days in a year comes out to about 82,192 tons of plastic per day!
Each American uses about 200 pounds of plastic per year! About 30% of that is plastic packaging.
Here’s some more plastic facts that I found:
– When some plastic is buried, it can last up to 700 years.
– Only 25% of the 4 million plastic bottles that Americans are estimated to use per hour are recycled.
– Of the total plastic that Americans use per year, only about 2.2% is recycled.
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