How long will roadside litter last?

Cigarette Butts >>> 1-5 years
Aluminum Cans and Caps >>> 500 years
Glass Bottles>>>> 1000 years
Plastic Bags >>> 10 -20 years
Plastic coated paper >>>5 years
Plastic Film Containers >>> 20 -30 years
Nylon Fabric >>> 30 -40 years
Leather >> Up to 50 years
Wool Socks >>>1-5 years
Orange and Banana Peels >>> up to 2 years
Tin Cans >>>50 years
Plastic Six- pack Holders>>>100 years
Plastic Bottles and Styrofoam>>> Indefinitely

That is something to think about next time you decide to throw trash out of your car…

**** If you want to help keep our roads beautiful and protect our wildlife
Contact your local Department of Transportation for ways to help***



  1. 1
    Esper Says:

    ROFL who’s gonna throw wool socks out the window??

  2. 2
    esperd Says:

    One question…. wool socks, as litter? huh?

  3. 3

    I don’t know but when I was a Girl Scout we adopted a Highway and we saw some weird stuff along the roadside, ….

  4. 4
    Alias (Freebies4All) Says:

    I live in a very rural area and you would be surprised how many dump trash, used appliances, sofa, you name it along a stretch of a country road. Peeves me too no end. Everytime hubby sees the litter he choles up and says he is reminded of a commercial way before of your all time. It was a Native American Indian on a horse looking at litter with a tear running down his eye. Hubby says it made such a lasting impression he has never littered since.

  5. 5

    I am so glad that I don’t litter, though I used to when I was a teenager. Once I became connected with nature, I want to nurture it, not kill it!

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