Most of us know the motto “reduce, reuse, recycle.” This hierarchy of waste management has been effectively drilled into the minds of most Americans and yet for the most part, the practice hasn't helped to keep our planet clean.
While the philosophy of waste management may seem reasonable, recycling alone could never keep up with the mass amounts of single-use products such as plastic water bottles.
All you have to do is look at the numbers. A study by the Beverage Marketing Corporation found in 2017 that an average of more than 2,000 single-use plastic bottles were consumed every second in the United States. However, only about 23 percent of these bottles are recycled, leaving the rest to landfills and waterways.
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