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The City of New Orleans

Mayor Mitchell J. Landrieu

Facts about Trash

Did you know that the United States throws away 40 million tons of paper each year that could be recycled? Recycling one ton of paper can save 17 trees.

How Long Will Your Trash Be Around?

What You Might Not Know About Trash
Item Years
Cigarette Butts 1-5 Years
Plastic-Coated Paper 5 Years
Tin Cans 50 Years
Plastic 6-pack Holder 450 Years
Aluminum Cans 500 Years
Glass Bottles 1,000 Years
Plastic Bottles Indefinitely

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Last updated: 1/16/2014 1:05:11 PM

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