Nature is not natural and can never be naturalized — Graham Harman

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Litter Lasts This Long

Fact sheet from my daughter's primary school:

Aluminum cans 200–500 years
Plastic six-pack holders 450 years
Plastic film containers 20–30 years
Plastic bags 10–20 years
Paper bag 1 month
Plastic coated paper 5 years
Cigarette butts 1–5 years
Rubber boot/shoe sole 50–80 years

I would like to see some corroboration for these. I'm not going to post their times for plastic or polystyrene because I reckon they're off.   Obviously it depends what happens to these objects, how they are processed or not, and so on.     

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