All bottled water containers are recyclable—including the cap—whether they are plastic or glass.
The amount of materials used to make PET and high-density polyethylene (HDPE) plastic, and glass bottled water containers has been reduced by 42.8 percent between 2007 and 2015, according to a new study: “The Quantis Life Cycle Inventory and Environmental Footprint of Bottled Water for the North American Market.”
Bottled water containers are the most common item in curbside recycling programs, recycled at a rate of 53.1 percent.
According to the EPA, 89 million tons of municipal solid waste was recycled, amounting to a 34.6 percent recycling rate.
More than 90 percent of American homes have access to curbside and drop off recycling programs. (from the IBWA Website)
Recycling one plastic bottle can conserve enough energy to power a 60-watt light bulb for up to six hours. (from the IBWA Website)
According to Recycle Across America, five recycled plastic bottles provide enough fiber to produce one square foot of carpet.