Left on the ground or in a landfill, a plastic bottle takes 400 years to break down.
Plastic bottles collected for recycling are usually made into carpeting and fibrefill for pillows, sleeping bags and ski jackets, but can also be made into t-shirts and fleeces, automotive parts, and floor tiles.
Left on the ground or in a landfill, it takes one million years for a glass bottle to break down.
Recycled glass containers are used to create new bottles and jars as well as fiberglass, and is used as aggregate material in roads and sidewalks.
Aluminum & Steel
Left on the ground or in a landfill, an aluminum takes 500 years to break down, and a container made out of steel takes 100 years.
Aluminum is the most valuable recyclable material. When they have been re-melted, aluminum cans can be used in any product made from aluminum.
When recovered steel is used instead of iron to make new steel, water consumption is reduced by about 50%.