Decomposition time for what you throw away! Why recycling is a better idea!

Item Decomposition Time:

glass bottle approximately one million years
plastic 6-pack cover 450 years
aluminum can 200-500 years
rubber boot sole 50-80 years
leather up to 50 years
nylon fabric 30-40 years
plastic film container 20-30 years
painted wooden stake 13 years
plastic bag 10-20 years
plastic coated paper 5 years
wool clothing 1-5 years
cigarette butt 1-5 years
cotton rag 1-5 months
orange peel or banana peel 2-5 weeks

Styrofoam container over 1 million years

Plastic jug 1 million years

disposable diaper  550 years

tinned can  90 years

leather shoe  45 years

paper bag  1 month

Next time, recycle. Don't just throw.

bulletRecycling 1 ton of paper saves 17 trees and 7,000 gallons of water
bulletRecycling one aluminum can saves enough electricity to run a TV for 3 hours
bulletRecycling one glass bottle or jar saves enough electricity to light a 100-watt bulb for four hours
bulletRecycling one ton of plastic saves the equivalent of 1,000–2,000 gallons of gasoline
bulletMore than 30 million trees are cut down to produce a year’s supply of newspapers