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We still don't know how much time is required. Were still counting. We do know that it is well in excess of 50 years. 50 year old recognizable Hot Dogs and readable news papers have been unearthed from low tech. land fills so, steel cans will remain in our landfills for a long time.

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Q: How long does it take a steel can to break down in a landfill?
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