The Problem Of Plastic Water Bottles

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As people we often do not realize how much material that we use in our daily day basis can affect our environment especially plastic water bottle. Plastic water bottles have become a problem in our environment because according to my research “American discards about 33.6 million tons of plastic each year, but only 6.5% it is recycled and 7.7% is burned in waste to energy facilities, which create electricity or heat from the garbage (Cho, 2012)”. These plastic water bottles that Americans throw away each year are made with PET plastic which is 100% recyclable. The problem with these Plastic water bottles is that if people don 't recycle the majority end up in landfills. When these bottles are in landfills the average time that it takes for water bottles to break down is about 1000 years (O’Connor, 2011). The issues with these water bottles is that it takes a lot of time for them to decomposed and if these water bottles are continuing being dumped down in landfills, these water bottles are going to break into smaller fragments over time and they are going to absorb toxins that is going to pollute waterways and can contaminate our soil and make our animals sick as well (Schriever, 2013). There are many different ways that people can recycle plastic water bottles, but first I think a lot of people are not aware of the issues that are going on when they throw away their plastic water bottles in their trash. They should be educated before they start to recycle their water
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