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 bottle waste in the United States.

Table of contents

  • 1. Overview
    • Global cumulative production of plastic 1950-2050

    • Global plastic waste volume 1950-2050

    • Global share of plastic consumption by class 2018

    • Share of plastics in global municipal solid waste by region 2018

    • Global waste items found in oceans 2018

  • 2. Trade
    • Breakdown of select global plastic waste exporters 2018

    • Breakdown of select global plastic waste importers 2018

    • U.S. plastic waste exports by destination country 2018

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

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

  • 3. Plastic in municipal waste
    • Weight of U.S. municipal solid plastic waste generated 1960-2017

    • U.S. municipal waste stream recovery by material 2017

    • U.S. municipal waste stream generation share by material 2017

    • Weight of U.S. municipal solid plastic waste by disposal 1960-2017

    • U.S. municipal solid waste: plastics generation by category 2017

  • 4. Recovered plastic material
    • U.S. municipal waste stream recovery by material 2017

    • U.S. recovered postconsumer film volume 2005-2017

    • U.S. recovered postconsumer film volume by category 2017

    • U.S. & Canada postconsumer plastic film acquired volume for consumption 2005-2017

    • U.S. and Canada share of recovered plastic film consumption by type 2017

    • Distribution of U.S. reclaimed postconsumer plastic film by end use 2017

  • 5. Plastic bottles
    • U.S. plastic bottle manufacturing gross output 1998-2018

    • U.S. plastic bottle recycling rates by material type 2018

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

    • U.S. RPET bottles used for conversion 2000-2017

    • U.S. domestic recycled HDPE bottle end use market share 2018

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