How long does it take to decompose?

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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/Tetra bricks – 5 years
Cigarette Butts – 10-12 years
Leather shoes – 25-40 years
Tinned Steel Can – 50 years
Foamed Plastic / Styrofoam 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/Nappies – 550 years
Monofilament Fishing Line – 600 years
Plastic Bags – 200-1000 years

Shocking, huh? Be happy you have already struck off some of the worst offenders on this list – have you struck them off your initial list btw? Do so!

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