The International Bottled Water Association (IBWA) has released a new infographic setting the record straight about landfill space and the environmental footprint of PET plastic bottled water containers. According to the most current data from Container Recycling Institute’s (CRI) analysis, Bottled Up (2000-2010): Beverage Container Recycling Stagnates, 9.315 million tons of beverage container packaging was wasted (i.e., ended up in landfills) in 2010. But within that number, PET bottled water containers, with an average weight of 9.89 grams, made up only 0.308 million tons. PET for carbonated drinks packaging weighed considerably more (23.9 grams) due to the need to use heavier plastic for carbonation thus totalling 1.239 million tons. (In October 2015, Beverage Marketing Corporation published data showing that from 2000-2014, the average weight of a 16.9-ounce, single-serve PET plastic water bottle declined 51 percent to 9.25 grams.


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