Litter, litter, everywhere! We see litter on our streets, playgrounds and parks everyday. Some litter lasts a few weeks and some litter can hang out for over 1 million years.
Look at the lifespan of some commonly littered items:
|Aluminum can||200-500 years|
|Tin Can||80-100 years|
|Rubber boot sole||50-80 years|
|Leather||up to 50 years|
|Nylon fabric||30-40 years|
|Plastic film container||20-30 years|
|Painted wooden stake||13 years|
|Plastic bag||10-20 years|
|Plastic coated paper||5 years|
|Wool clothing||1-5 years|
|Cigarette butt||1-5 years|
|Cotton rag||1-5 months|
|Orange peel or banana peel||2-5 weeks|
Cigarette butts are one of the most littered items!
Adopt-A-Highway – Volunteers remove litter from California’s Highways.
Storm Water Pollution & Litter – Our storm drains don’t just empty water into our oceans and rivers, litter goes there too.