How Long Does It Take To Decompose?

Posted by: Leeana

How Long Does It Take To Decompose? - 03/22/13 02:55 PM


Thought you might like to know.......

Paper Towel - 2-4 weeks
Banana Peel - 3-4 weeks
Paper Bag - 1 month
Newspaper - 1.5 months
Apple Core - 2 months
Cardboard - 2 months
Cotton Glove - 3 months
Orange peels - 6 months
Plywood - 1-3 years
Wool Sock - 1-5 years
Milk Cartons - 5 years
Cigarette Butts - 10-12 years
Leather shoes - 25-40 years
Tinned Steel Can - 50 years
Foamed Plastic Cups - 50 years
Rubber-Boot Sole - 50-80 years
Plastic containers - 50-80 years
Aluminum Can - 200-500 years
Plastic Bottles - 450 years
Disposable Diapers - 550 years
Monofilament Fishing Line - 600 years
Plastic Bags - 200-1000 years
Posted by: BrownEyedTigre

Re: How Long Does It Take To Decompose? - 03/22/13 03:18 PM

Don't forget chewing gum which never goes away either.

Our boyscouts are using the plastic bags to make blankets for homeless people. We give ours to them. It's amazing!
Posted by: Bristol

Re: How Long Does It Take To Decompose? - 03/22/13 03:56 PM

When I saw "how long does it take to decompose" I thought you meant me!
Posted by: Haroula

Re: How Long Does It Take To Decompose? - 03/22/13 04:26 PM

Leeana,thanks wave
Posted by: Leeana

Re: How Long Does It Take To Decompose? - 03/22/13 04:55 PM

BrownEyedTigre chewing gum wow forever gotta add that to my list ty smile

Bristol Im right behind you wink

Haroula Thank You wink



wave
Posted by: BobH

Re: How Long Does It Take To Decompose? - 03/22/13 06:17 PM

Me too Bristol!

Years ago I knew a young woman that spent her time going through land fills looking for discarded gems. Her apartment was like walking into the closet that holds Mardi Gras. smile

She told me that all the talk about paper bags breaking down quickly compared to plastic is forgetting one factor. When paper bags are buried in garbage they are well preserved for a long time. It is only when exposed to air (and water?) that they break down.

Anyway, this is a fascinating list. I haven't seen all this listed before.
Posted by: Sorta Blonde

Re: How Long Does It Take To Decompose? - 03/22/13 06:30 PM

Disposable Diapers, YUK! scared
Posted by: Leeana

Re: How Long Does It Take To Decompose? - 03/22/13 07:28 PM

Thank You BobH

Hi SortaBlonde wave Disposable Diapers never thought of that eighter another one to remember smile ty
Posted by: Kaki's Sister

Re: How Long Does It Take To Decompose? - 03/23/13 05:09 AM

Interesting Leeana.