Waste and Recycling

How long does it take a paper grocery bag to decompose in a landfill?

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2012-02-20 23:54:14

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According to the February issue of Oprah magazine :

  • It takes a brown paper bag 1 to 5 months to biodegrade;
  • cigarette butts and filters take 12 years;
  • plastic bags, caps and lids take decades;
  • aluminum cans take 2 to 5 centuries; and
  • styrofoam clamshells (the containers take-out food comes in)

    takes virtually forever.

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