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How Long Does It Take? Garbage Decomposition (Grade 5)

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How Long Does It Take? Garbage Decomposition

Everything you throw away has to go somewhere. Most garbage ends up in a municipal landfill. How long does it really take for your trash to decompose? Test your knowledge now!

Ten common types of trash are listed below. Place the items in the order you believe they will decompose from first (1) to last (10) on the line before each type of trash. On the line after the item, write your best estimate of how long it will take that type of garbage to decompose. Will it be a week, month, year, 100 years, longer? The answers may surprise you!


           Monofilament fishing line                             


           Wool sock                           


           Paper bag                           


           Plastic jug                               


           Leather belt                           


           Banana peel                           


           Disposable diaper                               


           Glass bottle                                     


           Waxed milk carton                             


           Aluminum can                                 
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