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Here at UKVending we’re all about the safe recycling of waste products but also all about encouraging you to buy and use products that can be reused over and over again. Our range of cups is just one example and has proved to be extremely popular. So we thought it might be interesting to see just how long some everyday items that are thrown out as trash every single day actually take to decompose or rot away naturally. We think you’ll be surprised - if not horrified.

Cardboard box - 2 months

Apple core – 2 months

Wool socks – 1to 5 years

Cigarette butts – 1 to 5 years

Plastic bags – 10 to 20 years

Tin can – 50 years

Aluminium can - 200 years

Plastic beer rings - 400 years

Plastic bottles – 450 years

Disposable nappies - 450 years

Fishing line – 600 years

Adorable baby girl looking over a stack of diapers

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