Material decomposition rates 2017

Estimated decomposition rates in 2017, by select material (in years to biodegrade)

Material decomposition rates 2017 This statistic represents the estimated decomposition rates of select waste materials in 2017. It is estimated that foamed plastic cups take approximately 50 years to biodegrade once they are disposed of.
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Estimated decomposition rates in 2017, by select material (in years to biodegrade)

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Years to biodegrade
Plastic water bottles450
Aluminum cans80
Foamed plastic cups50
Plastic bags*15
Cigarette butts*2.5
Years to biodegrade
Plastic water bottles450
Aluminum cans80
Foamed plastic cups50
Plastic bags*15
Cigarette butts*2.5
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This statistic represents the estimated decomposition rates of select waste materials in 2017. It is estimated that foamed plastic cups take approximately 50 years to biodegrade once they are disposed of.
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