Every year, roughly 102.1 billion plastic bags are used by Americans.

Author:Suny Group

Every year, 2.4 million tons of PET plastic discarded in the U.S. and 26 percent to 41 percent of this is water bottles.

National Association for PET Container Resources (NAPCOR) says, in 2011, there were 5,478 million pounds of PET jars and bottles available for recycling, but only 29 percent of that was recycled. According to NAPCOR report, in 2011, 242 million pounds of recycled PET was used for producing food and beverage containers

Each year, about 25 million dollars is spent in the state of California to dispose of plastic waste in landfills.

One out of every ten items picked up in an International Coastal Cleanup in 2009 was a plastic bag. And this makes plastic bags the second most common kind of waste item found in that coastal cleanup.

Almost 8 million metric tons of plastic ends up in the world's oceans annually, according to a 2015 study from UC Santa Barbara.

The plastic waste that is thrown away into seas every year can kill as many as 1,000,000 sea creatures.

Over time, plastic breaks down into tiny particles called micro-plastics, which are found on shorelines around the world.

According to the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, there will be more plastic in the ocean than fish by 2050, while researchers believe the amount of ocean plastic will be 10 times greater by 2020.

Plos One, a scientific journal, estimates that five trillion pieces of plastic, weighing more than 250,000 metric tons, is afloat in oceans.