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How Long to Break Down?

Indicative lengths of biodegradation:

Napkins 1 - 3 weeks
Traffic Ticket 2 - 4 weeks
Banana/Orange Peel 2 - 5 weeks
Paper Bag 1 month
Paper 2 - 5 months
Newspaper 3 - 6 months
Carry-out Tray 3 - 9 months
Rope 3 - 14 months
Carry-out Food Bag 4 - 8 months
Cotton Rag 5 months
Bamboo Pole 1 - 3 years
Wool Clothing 1 - 5 years
Cigarette 1 - 12 years
Styrofoam cups 1 - 100 years
Plastic-Coated Paper 5 years
Plastic bags 10 - 20 years
Painted Wooden Stake 13 years
Plastic Film Container 20 - 30 years
Nylon Fabric 30 - 40 years
Leather Boot 40 - 50 years
Rubber Sole (of a boot) 50 - 80 years
Leather up to 50 years
Plastic Bottles 70 - 450 years
Tin Can (soup or vegetable can) 80 - 100 years
Aluminum cans 200 - 500 years
Plastic 6-pack Rings 450 years
Diapers 500 - 800 years
Plastic Jug 1 million years
Glass Bottle unknown? forever?