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Plastic Bottles

Plastic Bottle Statistics

  • Every 17.3 seconds, North Carolinians throw away enough plastic bottles to reach the height of the Bank of America Building in Charlotte.
  • Every 1.3 minutes, North Carolinians throw away enough plastic bottles to reach the distance of the first Wright Brothers’ flight.
  • Every week, North Carolinians throw away enough plastic bottles to line the Outer Banks 28 times.
  • Every 75 minutes, North Carolinians throw away enough plastic bottles to equal the weight of a Fort Bragg F16 fighter plane.
  • In the time it takes you to brush your teeth (2 minutes), North Carolinians send 4,657 plastic drink bottles to a landfill.
  • In the times it takes you to watch the Super Bowl (3.5 hours), North Carolinians send 978,092 plastic drink bottles to a landfill.
  • Every 3.9 seconds, North Carolinians throw away enough plastic bottles to reach the height of Cape Hatteras Lighthouse.
  • North Carolinians throw away more than $41,411,600 in plastic each year.
  • Every 1.7 hours, North Carolinians throw away enough plastic bottles to equal the weight of a school bus.
  • Producing new plastic from recycled material uses only two-thirds of the energy required to manufacture it from raw materials.
  • In a year, North Carolinians throw away enough plastic bottles to line the Blue Ridge Pkwy 642 times.
  • In a year, North Carolinians throw away enough plastic bottles to line the length of I-40 (in N.C.) 715 times.
  • Every hour, North Carolinians throw away enough plastic bottles to line the length of Lowe's Motor Speedway in Charlotte 22.9 times.
  • Click to download the Toothbrush Statistic poster.
  • Click to download the Hatteras Statistic poster.

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