If you didn’t know it before, you do know. And some plastics can take up to 1000 years decompose. Landfill areas contain many different types of dry recyclable materials like these. Chlorinated plastic can release harmful chemicals into the surrounding soil, which can then seep into groundwater or other surrounding water sources and also the ecosystem. This can cause serious harm to the species that drink the water. It is an example of how harmful something so harmless in our homes can be for the environment.
And this is just the glass & plastics, lets not forget about;
- Tin can: around 50 years
- Leather shoes: 25-40 years
- Thread: 3-4 months
- Cotton: 1-5 months
- Rope: 3-14 months
- Cigarette: 1-12 years
- Milk packet (tetra) covers and drink packets: 5 years
- Nylon clothes: 30-40 years
- Sanitary napkins & children diapers: 500-800 years
- Hairspray bottle: 200-500 years
- Fishing line: 600 years
- Aluminum can: 200 years
Just to mention a few.
For the city of Dubai we have implemented a solution for your dry recyclables called Green Truck. You can subscribe to Green Truck for a cost of AED 100/month, where we will place a bin at your premises and collect it for recycling on a weekly basis.
You can click here to subscribe directly from our website or call 04-885 24 34.
Wouldn’t you rather make sure it is recycled than being responsible for your trash harming the environment for thousands of year to come?