Landfill Decomposition Rates

Recycled Plastic Bottles on Landfill

Landfill Decomposition Rates
Newspaper: 2 to 4 weeks or longer

Milk Carton: 5 years

Cigarette Butt: up to 5 years. & leaches toxins into the ground


Aluminum Can: 80 to 200 years

Plastic Milk Jugs: 500 years

Plastic Bags: hundreds of years

Plastic Drinking Bottles: hundreds of years

Glass Bottles: tens of thousands of years

Styrofoam: no sign of ever breaking down

(Figures from ecocomic.com)

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