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Senate Recycling Caucus introduced bill to improve recycling in the U.S.
The International Bottled Water Assn. (IBWA) commended Sens. Thomas R. Carper of Delaware and Olympia Snowe of Maine, co-chairs of the Senate Recycling Caucus, and others, for the introduction of U.S. Senate Resolution 251, which expresses support for "the improvement of collection, processing and consumption of recyclable materials throughout the United States” and "policies in the United States that establish the equitable treatment of recycled materials."
Recycling analyses by the National Assn. for PET Container (NAPCOR) and others show bottled water is just one of thousands of food and beverage products packaged in plastic containers and makes up an extremely small percentage of potentially recyclable material. According to U.S. Environmental Protection Agency data, bottled water containers make up only 0.33% of the U.S. waste stream. Nonetheless, research data shows plastic water bottles to be the single most common item found in curbside recycling bins.