• View of the Golden Gate Bridge, taken from the Marin Headlands, looking towards San Francisco at sunrise.

    Golden Gate

    National Recreation Area California

Quiz - Living With Trash

How long will these items stick around in our environment?
 
Banana peel laying on the floor.

1. Banana peel:

a. It will take 12 hours to decompose.
b. It will take 4 days to decompose.
c. It will take 3 to 5 weeks to decompose.

 
A single cigarette butt extinguished on the floor.

2. Cigarette butts:

a. It will take 3 months to decompose.
b. It will take 10 years to decompose.
c. It will take 4 years to decompose.

 
An unmarked aluminum soda can.

3. Aluminum can:

a. It will take 100 years to decompose.
b. It will take 6 months to decompose.
c. It will take 4 years to decompose.

 
An image of a sea turtle that was caught up in a plastic six-pack holder and eventually grew with it's midsection confined to the narrow space.

4. Plastic six-pack holder:

a. It will take 10 years to decompose.
b. It will take 50 years to decompose.
c. It will take 450 years to decompose.

 
Image of green glass bottles.

5. Glass bottle:

a. It will take 9 months to decompose.
b. It will take 15 years to decompose.
c. It will take forever to decompose.

 

Did You Know?

historic Ocean Beach photo

The Ocean Beach Esplanade and Seawall was built during the period 1916 to 1929. Designed by San Francisco’s Chief Engineer Michael Maurice O'Shaughnessy, the seawall was considered a great engineering feat.