Plastic recycling has not been as successful as the recycling of other materials, partly because the public’s confusion over the resin identification code found on recyclable plastic materials.
The vast majority of plastic being recycled is from bottles. As of 2005, 24 percent of plastic bottles were being recycled.
As of 2008, in excess of 2.4 billion pounds of plastic bottles were recycled in the U.S. The rate plastic bottles are recycled in the country has been fixed at around 27% for almost two decades. In contrast, Americans use 2.5 million plastic bottles per hour, most of which are not recycled, according to one statistic.
Plastic bags, next to plastic bottles, generate the most waste in the U.S. Only 5% of the 380 billion plastic bags used every year are recycled.
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