The truth is that only a fraction of plastic is actually recycled. According to the latest figures from the Environment Agency, only 8.7% of discarded plastic has been recycled.Each bottle takes up to 1000 years to decompose. 80% of the plastic water bottles we buy end up in landfill. In the US, landfills are overflowing with more than 2 million tonnes of discarded water bottles. Each water bottle takes up to 1,000 years to decompose.