One tree can filter
up to 60 pounds of polutants from the air each year.
Over 50 percent
of municipal waste is from the garden or kitchen.
When recycled, a
single 1/2 gallon milk carton can be turned into five sheets of high quality
office paper - this makes cartons a valuable recycling commodity.
is the cigarette butts, soda cans, coffee cups, beer bottles, plastic bags,
gum wrappers and other items you may see along the side of a road, blown
up against a fence or swirling around an empty lot.
You may see litter
in a park where people have been picnicking or near campgrounds or at the
beach after a busy day.
When people throw
things from their car, drop things on the ground or even if someone aims
for a garbage can, misses and leaves it, that is littering.
Litter beside the
road is ugly and how long it stays before decaying may be an ugly surprise.
takes a single sheet of paper about 2 weeks to start decomposing;
simple cotton rag takes 1-5 months
piece of rope takes 10-12 months
wool sock takes about a year;
and a bamboo pole
takes 1-3 years.
painted wooden stakes takes about 13 years;
tin can, 100 years;
aluminum can, 200-500 years;
and the plastic
ring from a 6-pack, 450 years
one has any idea how long it takes for a glass bottle to decompose.