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Recycling Information :: Plastics :: Fun Facts

    • The PET (Polyethylene Terephthalate) bottle was patented in 1973 by chemist Nathaniel Wyeth (brother of distinguished American painter Andrew Wyeth).
    • The first PET bottle was recycled in 1977.
    • An estimated 9,400 curbside collection programs and 10,000 drop-off programs collect PET plastic in the United States, currently.
    • Approximate number of PET beverage bottles per pound:
      16 oz. — 18 bottles per pound
      20 oz. — 16 bottles per pound
      1 liter — 12 bottles per pound
      2 liter — 9 bottles per pound
      3 liter — 5 bottles per pound
    • Cubic yards conserved in a landfill by recycling PET beverage bottles:
      4,800 recycled 16-ounce bottles saves a cubic yard
      4,050 recycled 20-ounce bottles saves a cubic yard
      3,240 recycled 1-liter bottles saves a cubic yard
      2,430 recycled 2-liter bottles saves a cubic yard
      1,350 recycled 3-liter bottles saves a cubic yard
    • Since 1978, manufacturers have reduced the weight of a two-liter bottle by about 29%, from 68 grams to 48 grams.
    • Recycling a ton of PET containers saves 7.4 cubic yards of landfill space.
    • According to the EPA, recycling a pound of PET saves approximately 12,000 BTU’s.
    • The average household generated 42 pounds of PET plastic bottles in the year 2005.
    • Custom bottles (which are bottles used for products other than carbonated soft drinks) represent 62% of all PET bottles available for recycling.
    • Fourteen 20 oz. PET bottles yield enough fiber for an extra large T-shirt.
    • It takes 14 20 oz. PET bottles to make one square foot of carpet.
    • It takes 63 20 oz. PET bottles to make a sweater.
    • Fourteen 20 oz. PET bottles yield enough fiberfill for a ski jacket.
    • It takes 85 20 oz. PET bottles to make enough fiberfill for a sleeping bag.

Fun facts courtesy of www.napcor.com