Which items were more recycled, plastic bottles or aluminum cans?

Grade level:  4th – 6th grades

Skills: bar graphs

Related environmental issues: Recycle

The bar graph below shows how many percent of plastic bottles, aluminum cans, glass bottles, and steel cans were recycled in the United States in 2014.


  1. Which items were recycled the most?
  2. Which items were not recycled the most?
  3. Which items were recycled more, plastic bottle or aluminum cans?
  4. List all items that were more recycled than not recycled.
  5. About how many percent of steel cans were not recycled?

    A) 10% 2) 30% 3) 70% 4) 100%

Sources: “Advancing Sustainable Materials Management: 2014 Fact Sheet” published by the U.S. EPA in November 2016


Answer keys

  1. Steel cans
  2. Plastic bottles
  3. Aluminum cans
  4. Steel cans and aluminum cans
  5. 2