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Everything You Need To Know About Your Trash

Updated on March 15, 2014

Trash. We ALL have it. It's probably one of the few things that we all have in common. It's probably not something you put much thought into, unless you forget to set the trash out (which is really annoying.)

Trash is gross. It Stinks. And it takes up space. Have you ever wondered what happens to it? Chances are nothing, at least not in our lifetime. We've all seen the Brita commercials that are talking about a water bottle and says, "30 minutes in a gym, forever in a landfill." But water bottles aren't the only things that take years, sometimes centuries to decompose. Some interesting examples include:

  • Milk Carton: 5 years
  • Plastic Bag: 10-20 years
  • Aluminum Can: 80-200 years
  • Diaper: 75 years
  • Cigarette Butt: 10-12 years
  • Piece of paper: 2-5 months
  • Styrofoam: some say never, others say 500 years
  • 2-Liter Soda Bottle: some say never, others say 500 years
  • Glass Bottle: 1 million years

Where to Recycle

It's not always easy to recycle. Some towns may not have a place to recycle and no one wants to keep trash setting around. Here are some great websites that will help you find locations to drop off your recyclable material or sell your used electronics to get extra cash.


The Bottle Bill

The Bottle Bill allows distributors to place a deposit on yes, you guessed it bottles! Here's how the process works. Retailers buy product from distributors, who also charge a deposit. When a consumer purchases the product, they are in turn charged for the deposit. When the bottle is recycled (either returned to the retailer or a redemption center) the deposit is returned to the consumer. In turn the distributor refunds the retailer and the bottle is then reused. For more information regarding the bottle bill and which states currently use this process you can visit

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    • feenix profile image

      feenix 6 years ago

      Hello, hpedneau,

      Thank you very much for writing and publishing this very informative, useful and timely post.

      For me, it was very educational.

    • The Dirt Farmer profile image

      Jill Spencer 6 years ago from United States

      Love the title! A great resource for those who don't have local recycling--and a good reminder of why we ALL need to recycle. Awesome!