PET By the Numbers

A Quick Glance at PET Plastic in the U.S.

3.1 million:Tons of PET produced annually in North America. (Source: GBI Research)
1973:Year that first PET bottle was patented.
31%:U.S. recycling rate for PET, reported in 2012.
26,000:BTUs of energy saved by recycling 1 pound of PET bottles.  (Source: EPA)
9.9:Average gram weight in 2011 of a 0.5 liter PET water bottle. (Source: IBWA)
1%:U.S. municipal solid waste attributed to PET bottles and jars. (Source: EPA)
45:Estimated pounds of PET containers used each year per U.S. household.  
500:Approximate melting point of PET in degrees Fahrenheit.
1:Resin identification code for polyethylene terephthalate (PET).
21:Typical number of recycled 20 oz. PET soda bottles made from a pound of PET.
1/2 of 1%:World oil production that goes into making PET.  (Source: PlasticsEurope)
41:Number of recycled 2-liter PET bottles to make one square yard of carpet.
1.7 billion:Pounds of used PET containers collected in the U.S. in 2012 for recycling.
(Source:  NAPCOR,APR)

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