Garbage Decomposition Time

Waste Decomposition
Time it takes for garbage to decompose in the environment:

Glass Bottle 1 million years
Monofilament Fishing Line 600 years
Plastic Beverage Bottles 450 years
Disposable Diapers 450 years
Aluminum Can 80-200 years
Foamed Plastic Buoy 80 years
Foamed Plastic Cups 50 years
Rubber-Boot Sole 50-80 years
Tin Cans 50 years
Leather 50 years
Nylon Fabric 30-40 years
Plastic Film Container 20-30 years
Plastic Bag 10-20 years
Cigarette Butt 1-5 years
Wool Sock 1-5 years
Plywood 1-3 years
Waxed Milk Carton 3 months
Apple Core 2 months
Newspaper 6 weeks
Orange or Banana Peel 2-5 weeks
Paper Towel 2-4 weeks


Information Source: U.S. National Park Service; Mote Marine Lab, Sarasota, FL.


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