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Recycling household plastics waste

Donna Rubens (Director of the Engineering, Science, and Technology Information Service (ESTIS), University of Minnesota Libraries, Minneapolis.)

Reference Services Review

ISSN: 0090-7324

Article publication date: 1 January 1992



In 1978 the plastic bottle was introduced nationwide. In the thirteen years since that historic (and some say environmentally devastating) occasion, the consumer increasingly has embraced plastic packaging. Each American uses about 190 pounds of plastic per year, according to Earthworks Group, and about 60 pounds of it is discarded within minutes or seconds after opening. The plastic bottle is king. American consumers use 2.5 million plastic bottles every hour.


Rubens, D. (1992), "Recycling household plastics waste", Reference Services Review, Vol. 20 No. 1, pp. 33-48.




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