Recycling Plastic

Plastic is probably the most widely used container on gameday. They come in all shapes and sizes, and we want nearly all of them. We, like Athens-Clarke County, take plastics 1 and 2. It's surprising how many people throw away, or even recycle, plastic bottles still half full or unopened. We have collected hundreds of unopened plastic bottles (thanks!). Since the half full bottle must be drained (that's our job), please dump the contents before putting them in the bin. Thanks!

Plastic Recycling Facts:
  • Bottled water costs between $1 and $4 per gallon, and 90 percent of the cost is in the bottle, lid and label.
  • It takes over 1.5 million barrels of oil to manufacture a year’s supply of bottled water. That’s enough oil to fuel 100,000 cars.
  • Eight out of 10 plastic water bottles become landfill waste.
  • Plastic bottles take 700 years before they begin to decompose in a landfill.
  • In 2006, Americans drank about 167 bottles of water each but only recycled an average of 23 percent. That leaves 38 billion water bottles in landfills.
Facts courtesy of Earth 911