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We all know that it takes different amounts of time for different types of garbage to degrade in the environment. But how do different degrading times compare to each other?

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  • 12 Sep 2019

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To give you a perspective of how much time it take and to motivate you to properly recycle and clean after yourself, we've prepared a list showing the amount of time it take different types of garbage to degrade/decompose in nature:

  • food - about a month.
  • newspapers - 1 to 3-4 months
  • cardboard - 3-4 months
  • paper - most popular paper for copying machines is decomposing for about 2 years
  • construction materials - 10 years
  • iron armature - 11 to 13 years
  • food cans - 10 years
  • old shoes - 10 years
  • bricks and concrete - 100 years
  • auto batteries - 100 years
  • foil and staniol - 100 years
  • batteries - 110 years
  • auto tires - 120-140 years
  • plastic and plastic bottles - at least 180-200 years
  • aluminum cans - 500 years
  • glass - 1000 years
  • orange peal - 1.5-2 years
  • napkin - 2 months
  • lighting match - 6 months
  • gas lighter - 100-200 years
  • cigarette - 1-2 years
  • gum - 5 years
  • plastic bag - 20 to 100 years
  • diaper - 500 years

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