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    How long it takes to decompose?

    When we go to different areas, knowingly or unknowingly, we harm nature by littering the areas. Actually our original purpose is to search for peace of mind and to enjoy nature. We end up adding the degradation of Nature however.
    For example,we go for a picnic to a sanctuary, have fun with loud music, knowing full well that loud music is prohibited in sanctuaries. We drink and happily break the bottles on the rocks or throw the cans, make a fire, cook and most of the time, after having a great lunch we leave the plates, disposable glasses and polythene as debris scattered all over the place.

    Itís not that we donít have the knowledge of environment pollution but sometimes because of lack of awareness and responsibility, we do harm to Nature.

    Here is a small list of things with the time it takes to decompose. Before behaving thoughtlessly, we should think about how long our act of foolishness remain on this earth.


    Banana Peel- 3-4 weeks
    Orange peels- 6 months
    Apple Core- 2 months
    Paper Bag- 1 month
    Cardboard- 2 months
    Milk Cartons- 5 years
    Newspaper- 6 weeks
    Paper Towel- 2-4 weeks
    Cotton Glove- 3 months
    Tinned Steel Can- 50 years
    Aluminum Can- 200-500 years
    Disposable Diapers- 550 years
    Plastic Bags- 20-1000 years
    Glass- 1-2 million years
    Cigarette Butts- 10-12 years
    Leather shoes- 25-40 years
    Rubber-Boot Sole- 50-80 years
    Plastic containers- 50-80 years
    Monofilament Fishing Line- 600 years
    Foamed Plastic Cups- 50 years
    Wool Sock- 1-5 years
    Plywood- 1-3 years
    Plastic Bottles- 450 years