Plastic waste in the U.S.

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Statista Dossier about plastic waste in the United States

This dossier presents graphs and tables about plastic waste in the United States. It provides information on the the generation of plastic waste and highlights data on types of plastic waste, recovered materials, as well as plastic production and scraps in the United States.

Table of contents

  • 1. Overview of plastic waste
    • Key data on global plastics recycling businesses by select country 2017

    • Global waste items found in oceans 2017

    • U.S. municipal waste stream generation share by material 2015

    • U.S. municipal waste stream recovery by material 2015

    • Weight of U.S. municipal solid plastic waste by disposal 1960-2015

    • U.S. municipal solid waste: plastics generation by category 2015

    • Weight of U.S. plastic waste exports by country 2017-2018

  • 2. Recovered plastic material
    • U.S. municipal waste stream recovery by material 2015

    • U.S. recovered postconsumer film volume 2005-2016

    • U.S. recovered postconsumer film volume by category 2016

    • U.S. & Canada postconsumer plastic film acquired volume for consumption 2005-2016

    • U.S. and Canada share of recovered plastic film consumption by type 2016

    • Distribution of U.S. reclaimed postconsumer plastic film by end use 2016

  • 3. Plastic bottles
    • U.S. plastic bottle manufacturing gross output 1998-2016

    • U.S. plastic bottle recycling rates by material type 2017

    • U.S. recycling of postconsumer bottles recycled 2010-2017

    • U.S. domestic recycled HDPE bottle end use market share 2017

  • 4. Plastic resins and scraps
    • U.S. and Canada plastic production by resin 2017

    • U.S. distribution of thermoplastic resin sales by major markets 2017

    • U.S. export value of plastic scrap by select country 2017

    • U.S. export volume of plastic scrap by select country 2017

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