Takes 2-5 years to break down. Cigarette butts make up nearly 20% of all items littered and leach toxic chemicals into our water. If you smoke, dispose of fully extinguished butts in a trash can or ash receptacle.
Tin can (soup/vegetable)
Takes 50-80 years to break down.
Takes 200-500 years to break down. An aluminum can recycled is typically a new can and back on the shelf within 60 days. Recycle!
Takes one million years to break down and releases a harmful chemical, BPA, into our water when it degrades. Twenty-six (26) billion plastic water bottles are thrown away annually. Recycle!
Break down time is unknown – might remain as litter forever! The oils in a styrofoam cup never decompose.
Break down time is unknown – might remain as litter forever! The energy saved by recycling ONE glass bottle can light a 100-watt light bulb for four hours or run a computer for 30 minutes. Recycle!
Takes anywhere from months to hundreds of years to break down. As plastic bags decompose, tiny, toxic particles seep into soil. Those that enter creeks and rivers flow all the way to the Gulf of Mexico!
Can contain giardia, roundworms, salmonella, and other viruses and parasites. When left on the ground, pet waste poses a threat to human health and impacts water quality when it washes into our creeks and river. Scoop the Poop!