We’ve heard it a million times – reduce, reuse, recycle. But really, what’s the point? Doesn’t everything just decompose eventually?

 

Eventually. Well, I suppose that’s ONE word for it!

 

Check out these stats to see how long it takes for common, every day items to decompose.

 

When will it decompose

 

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Let’s recap:

  • Banana peel: 2-4 weeks (well that’s not so bad)
  • Cardboard: 2 months (neither is that!)
  • Paper bag: 1 month (hmm … interesting)
  • Wool sock: 1 year (I never really thought of a wool sock like that before)
  • Aluminum can: 300 years (really?)
  • Diaper: 550 years (ummm …)
  • Plastic Bag: 1,000 years (yikes)
  • Glass: 1 million years (no way!)
  • Styrofoam cup: 2+ million years (uh-oh, we’re in trouble)

 

Well, I guess maybe we should join the party and keep spreading the word about the 3 Rs. If your town doesn’t have a recycling center, it’s time to get one! Contact General Kinematics for help.

 

Sources:

https://www.dosomething.org/facts/11-facts-about-recycling

http://www.csuohio.edu/sustainability/fun-stuff-and-fast-facts

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