TableĀ 1.

Plastics production, recovery and disposal in the USA in 2005 (thousands of metric tonnes). Adopted from US EPA (2006). The data originated in reports of The American Plastics Council and include net imports. Plastic from the construction and agricultural sectors are not included in these quantities.

generation of plastics in MSWrecoverydiscards
PET26004912109
HDPE53554734882
PVC149101491
LDPE/LLDPE58641735691
polypropylene363693627
polystyrene235502355
other49823554627
total26 282150024 782