How Long Until It’s Gone

How Long Until it’s Gone…

Ever wonder how long it takes a plastic water bottle to decompose once it’s been buried in a landfill? How about a disposable diaper? Or a plastic bag? The answers may surprise you. Here is a list of the average time it takes for many of the items you routinely throw away to decompose…

  • Glass Bottles – One Million Years
  • Monofilament Fishing Line – 600 Years
  • Plastic Bottles – 450 Years
  • Disposable Diapers – 450 Years
  • Aluminum Cans – 80-200 Years
  • Foam Plastic Cup – 50 Years
  • Tin Can – 50 Years
  • Nylon Fabric – 30-40 Years
  • Plastic Bag – 10-20 Years
  • Cigarette Filter – 1-5 Years
  • Plywood – 1-3 Years
  • Wax Milk Carton – 3 Months
  • Newspaper – 6 Weeks
  • Orange or Banana Peel – 2-5 Weeks
  • Paper Towel – 2-4 Weeks

So before you throw something into the trash, ask yourself is “it really garbage?” Or can it be recycledreused, or composted.