Every day New Zealanders throw away 802,466 wheelie bins of rubbish. But not all of it really needs to be thrown out, surely something could be donated or sold to people who want or need the product....
It often takes a long time before litter from the environment disappears. Here are some examples that show how long it takes before litter disappears:
- Paper – 6 months
- Cigarette butts – 2-5 years
- Banana peel - 3 months
- Plastic shopping bag – 10-30 years
- Gum – 20-25 years
- Aluminum Can – 200-400 years