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How long does it take to decompose?

Ever wondered how long it takes for certain things to break down when they are dumped anywhere in the environment? Some things we use every day that most of us wouldn’t even give a second thought to what happens to it once we’ve finished with it and thrown it in the bin. Looking at these everyday items and making sure they go in the correct bin at home is a simple way to start. Whether it be the garden waste bin, the recycling bin or the general waste bin, or where possible taking items off to a second hand shop. At the end of the day though it is inevitable there will always be items that are going to end up in landfill. Our landfill sites are growing rapidly and waste materials all decompose at different rates so it is so important that we are a little more mindful about what we are throwing away. Here are some examples of how long certain materials take to decompose and why it is so important to be a little more mindful about what we are throwing away. Toilet roll decomposes in 1 month Plastic bags decompose in 10-20 years Cigarettes decompose in 10 years Soft drink cans decompose in 200 years Cardboard decomposes in 2 months Fishing hooks decompose in 600 years Plastic cutlery decomposes in 100-1000 years Nappies decompose in 450 years Glass bottles decompose in 4000 years Some plastics never decompose It’s a definite worry when you realise that something as small as a soft drink can take so long to decompose. All it takes if for that soft drink can to be put in the correct recycling bin. Our environment would benefit greatly if all of us took the time to ensure our waste was disposed of in a better way.