Waste and Recycling
How long does it take a paper grocery bag to decompose in a landfill?
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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.