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Litter Information

Quick Litter Tips

  • Don't litter.
  • Learn about litter so you can teach others that prevention is a wise choice to make.
  • If you see a friend litter, tell them why they shouldn't litter.
  • If you see litter, pick it up. (Unless it is broken glass, which should be swept up.)
  • Consider adopting a highway near you.


The Life Span of Commonly Discarded Litter

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ItemDecomposition Time
Glass BottleApproximately 1 Million Years
Plastic 6-Pack Collar450 Years
Aluminum Can 200 – 500 Years
Plastic Jug 70 Years
Rubber Boot Sole 50 – 80 Years
Steel Cans 50 Years
Leather Up To 50 Years
Nylon Fabric 30 – 40 Years
Plastic Film Canister 20 – 30 Years
Painted Wooden Stake 13 Years
Degradable Plastic Bag 10 – 20 Years
Disposable Diapers 10 – 20 Years
Wool Clothing One – Five Years
Cigarette Butt One – Five Years
Cotton Rag One – Five Months
Orange Peel/Banana Peel Two – Five Weeks
Piece Of Paper Two – Four Weeks
Traffic Tickets Two – Four Weeks
Rolled Newspaper Two – Six Weeks
Candy Wrapper One – Three Months
Rope Three – 14 Months