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Plastic Bottles Environmental Impact

By guest author Judith Sambrailo

Bottled water has been purported to be safer than tap and is clearly more convenient, so what’s the problem?  Bottled water generates tons of refuse.  Each year, Americans throw away 26 billion bottles and only 15% are recycled.  On top of that, 16.5 billion gallons of water is wasted to supply Americans with “convenient” access to water.  The bottles are made of plastic that does not biodegrade, becoming a permanent component of our landfills.  In 2005 nearly 2 million tons of plastic water bottles were sent to the landfill as opposed to being recycled.

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