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24 Kinds of Litter And Their Natural Degradation Time

  •   August 18th, 2014
  •   Category: News
  •   Posted by: Ecodyger
Plastic bottle litter

No trash can nearby? The temptation to litter it on the floor is high? Well, at least before you do read here. Discover how much time is needed for a natural degradation of your litter.

Banana peel litter

1 month for a banana peel

2 months degradation time if littered inside the sea

Photo Ann Lusch, Flickr

daily newspaper litter

1 month for a newspaper

Photo Ziemowit Maj, Flickr

Cardboard box litter

1 month for cardboard box

Photo Cleaner Croydon, Flickr

Toilet paper litter

2 months for a toilet paper roll

Photo Kevin, Flickr

Napkin litter

2-3 months for a napkin

Photo Sergio Dimartino, Flickr

Core of an apple litter

3 months for an apple core

5 hours if transfomed with Ecodyger.

3-6 months degradation time if littered inside the sea.

Photo Rick Hebenstreit, Flickr

Paper towel litter

3 months for a paper towel

Photo Scott Brown, Flickr

Matches litter

6 months for a match

Same degradation time if littered inside the sea.

Photo bree, Flickr

Wool or cotton garment litter

1 year for a wool or cotton garment

8-10 months degradation time if littered inside the sea.

Photo Dauvit Alexander, Flickr

Milk carton litter

1 year for a box of milk or juice

Photo Chrstphre Campbell, Flickr

Cigarette Butt Litter

1-2 years for a cigarette butt

Photo TJ Gehling, Flickr

1-5 years degradation time if littered inside the sea;

Cigarette Packet litter

More than 1 year for an empty packet of cigarettes

Assuming that is made of cardboard, aluminum or plastic. More than an year for a aluminium packet.

Photo Julian Stallabrass, Flickr

Chewing gum litter

5 years for a chewing gum

Same degradation time if littered inside the sea.

Photo Kevin Wildermuth, Flickr

Newspapers and magazines litter

From 6 months to more than 10 years for a magazine

2 months degradation time if littered inside the sea

Photo Grover Schraye, Flickr

Aluminium beverage cans litter

10-100 years for an aluminium beverage can

500 years degradation time if littered inside the sea

Photo Jason Argo, Flickr

Scheda telefonca litter

More than 100 years for a phonecard

Example phonecard from SIP.

Photo Stefano, Flickr

Glass bottle litter

400 years for a glass bottle

1000 years degradation time if littered inside the sea.

Photo Tim Jones, Flickr

Disposable diaper litter

400 years for a disposable diaper

200 years degradation time if littered inside the sea.

Photo Je m’appelle_Dominique, Flickr

Fabrics litter

500 years for synthetic fabrics littered inside the sea

Data not available if littered in dry environment.

Photo weegeebored, Flickr

Plastic bottle litter

100-1000 years for a bottle or a plastic bag

10-20 years degradation time if littered inside the sea.

Photo Paul Williams, Flickr

Plates and plastic cutlery litter

100-1000 years for plastic plates and cutlery

Photo Nadina, Flickr

Plastic lighter litter

100-1000 years for a plastic lighter

Example lighter from Bic.

Photo Pete, Flickr

Styrofoam Container Litter

More than 1000 years for a styrofoam container

Same degradation time if littered inside the sea.

Photo Angela N, Flickr

So… why don’t you transform your waste into a resource with Ecodyger instead?

Waste generation production in the European Union has achieved in recent years the scary mass of 252 million tons. If everyone in Europe used Ecodyger, we would produce at least 61 million tons of waste less.

Data source Legambiente