Plastic trash litters roads and parking lots, clogs storm drains, and gets into watersheds. Wildlife is even eating it.
We need solutions. Solutions that can be replicated. Solutions that can be scaled. Have you seen or tried something that worked? I’d love to hear about it.
My name is Mark Wright. I'm a Maryland, USA-based writer and communication strategist, and I’m reaching out to gather lessons learned and share them widely.
How long does trash take to break down in nature? A lot longer than you might think!
Never. Styrofoam doesn't decompose. Once it's in the water or even buried in the soil, it simply crunches down into smaller pieces.
Plastic bottles take 450+ years to decompose. Meanwhile, they can release chemicals into the environment as they get eroded into small pieces of micro plastic, which are easily consumed by fish and other creatures.
Plastic bags take 300 years to decompose. That's three centuries of environmental havoc, as they entangle birds, ensnare turtles, and get ingested by a variety of marine life.
Glass bottles can take 100s or 1,000s of years. Aluminum cans: 200 to 400 years. Steel cans: 80 to 100 years. Milk cartons: 5 years. Cardboard: 3 to 6 months. Newspaper: 2 to 4 weeks.
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