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.

 

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