|Two weeks: Apple cores- these decompose fairly rapidly|
|A month: Paper towels, paper bags, newspapers, and tissues. These items can vary depending on how they are disposed of. Toilet paper on the ground takes longer to decompose than if exposed to the elements.|
|Six weeks: Cereal boxes, paper bags, banana skins – can take far longer if the weather is cool as the skins are designed to protect the fruit so full of cellulose, the same material which cellophane wrappers are made from.|
|2-3 months: Waxed milk and fruit juice cartons, these vary depending on carton thickness.|
|Six months: Cotton clothing, paperback books. Cotton is the most biodegradable of all the textiles as it is made from plants.|
|One year: Light woollen clothing – wool is a natural product and will rot when left outside|
|Two years: Orange peel, plywood, cigarette ends. However, some researchers believe cigarette ends can last over a decade.|
|Up to 5 years: Heavy woollen clothing.|
|Ten to twenty years: Some plastic bags although others |
|30-40 years: Nylon items, disposable nappies |
|50 years: Tin cans, car tyres, trainers, |
|75-80 years: Crisp packets due to many packets |
|100 years: Six pack plastic ring holder but |
|Around 200 years: Aluminium drinks cans.|
|500 years: Plastic bottles though petrochemical products like these never fully biodegrade and the chemicals just stay in the soil.|
|One to two |
|Even longer… Whilst batteries metal casing break |
Seven million. 7,000,000 bags of crisps come out of the Walkers crisps plant every single day.
They are aiming to make all their packaging 100% recyclable, compostable or biodegradable by 2025.
Although the inside of the packet is shiny and looks like foil, it is in fact a metallised plastic film. This type of material is not currently recycled and should not be put in your recycling bin.
Crisp packets and other food packaging are very light – they often get blown towards the canal where they ‘stick’ to the water.