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Breakdown Time

How long do these items below to break down?:

Item:
Breakdown Time:

Disposable Masks

450+ years

Cigarette Butts

18 months to 10 years

Plastic bags

10-1000 years

Wet Wipes

About 100 years

Tyres

1000-2000 years

Fishing Nets

40+ years

Hairspray bottles

200-500 years

Disposable Sanitary Pads and Tampons

Over 25 years

Aluminum Foil

Never will break down

Batteries

Over 100 years

Disposable Nappies

500+ years

Rubber Shoe Soles

50-80 years

​Cardboard

2+ months

Waxed Milk Cartons

3 months

Non waxed cartons

5+ years

Styrofoam

Never

Leather

50 years

Latex Gloves

5-7 years

Foamed Plastic Cups

50 years

Monofilament fishing line

600 years

(Information Source: The Stacker-https://stacker.com/stories/2682/how-long-it-takes-50-common-items-decompose

Accessed 7/8/22)


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