how much bottles was recycled?

Grade level: 3rd – 5th grades

Skills: Bar graphs

Related environmental issues: Recycle


The bar graph below shows what percentages of plastic bottles, steel cans, glass bottles, and aluminum cans were recycled in the United States in 2017.


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  1. Which items were recycled the most?
  2. Which items were not recycled the most?
  3. Which items were recycled more, plastic bottles or aluminum cans?
  4. Which items were recycled about half of the materials thrown away?
  5. Which items were less recycled, glass bottles or aluminum cans?
  6. About what percentage of plastic bottles were not recycled?   1 ) 10% 2)  30%  3) 70% 4) 100%



Source: U.S. EPA, 2019. “Advancing Sustainable Materials Management: 2017Fact Sheet”


Answer keys

1.Steel cans
2.Plastic bottles
3.Aluminum cans
4.Aluminum cans
6. 3


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