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How many plastic bags do Americans use every year?

  • 100 million (100% people answered this)
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Correct answer is: 100 billion

In the United States, consumers use 100 billion plastic bags annually, but fewer than 5 percent of plastic bags are recycled, which means they eventually end up in landfills, open spaces, or waterways โ€“ According to the State of California Recycling Program.


Plastic bags may seem convenient. Unfortunately, however, the majority of plastic bags are used only once and end up in landfills, in our waterways and oceans, or as litter. There are simple steps we can take as consumers to reduce the amount of plastic bags that are wasted every day:

  1. Just say "no thank you" when cashiers offer you a plastic bag for your groceries or other goods
  2. Bring your own reusable bag with you when going to the grocery store (or any store)
  3. Reuse or recycle any plastic bags you may get

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