Plastic numbered 1 through 7
Where Does It Go?
- International Paper (Salt Lake City, UT): International Paper doesn't deal with a lot of plastics, but when they get them, the plastics are sent to a plastics company in California. From there the plastic is sold to other places in the US, or abroad.
- Rocky Mountain (Salt Lake City, UT): The plastic is sold to buyers in the US and abroad. Usually it's used to make more plastic, but sometimes it's used to make other products (for example, Trex decking).
- Sutta (Wilmington, CA): The plastic has a high likelihood of being shipped overseas. Because of low labor costs overseas, buyers there are more likely to turn the plastic into a new product.
- Every year we make enough plastic film to shrink-wrap Texas.
- Americans go through 25 billion plastic bottles every year.
- 26 recycled PET bottles equals a polyester suit. 5 recycled PET bottles make enough fiberfill to stuff a ski jacket.
- In 1988 we used 2 billion pounds of HDPE just to make bottles for household products. That's about the weight of 90,000 Honda Civics.
- If every American household recycled just one out of every ten HDPE bottles they used, we'd keep 200 million pounds of the plastic out of landfills every year.
- Recycling one ton of plastic saves 7.4 cubic yards of landfill space.
- PET plastic can be recycled into: clothing, fiberfill for sleeping bags, toys, stuffed animals, rulers and more.