When we recycle plastic bottles do we reduce the amount of energy it takes to make a plastic bottle?



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    Not really. Most plastic bottles are not recycled into new plastic bottles. They’re made into carpets, picnic tables, and other plastic goods. Generally, you’re better off buying glass, which is much more recyclable in the true sense of the word (can be made into more glass bottles) than plastic. It’s still a good idea to recycle though. Recycling keeps plastic bottles out of landfills, which is definitely an important thing to consider!

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    Recycling one plastic bottle saves enough energy to power a 60 watt bulb for 6 hours. Considering that currently, 80% of plastic bottles are not recycled, but end up in landfills, making a habit of recycling plastic bottles could help save a lot of energy. Recycling plastic saves 60-70% of the energy it takes to make the bottles from scratch.

    Other reasons to recycle plastic are that it conserves natural resources (as plastic is a petroleum product), it reduces the amount of waste in landfills and it reduces greenhouse gas emissions released when making new plastic.

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