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Marine Debris Timeline

Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle

 

Newspaper
Newspaper
6 weeks
6-pack Ring Graphic
Photodegradable
6-pack ring
35 days
Cardboard Graphic
Cardboard box
2 weeks
Aluminum Can
Aluminum can
200 years
 
Recycle Recycle Recycle Recycle  
Diapers
Biodegradable
diaper
1 year
Diapers
Disposable diapers
450 years
Foam Cup

Foam cup
50 years
Paper Towels
Paper towels
2-4 weeks
Fishing Line
Microfilament
fishing line
600 years
Reduce Reduce Reduce Reduce Reduce
Wool Glove
Wool glove
1 year
Milk Carton
Waxed
Milk Carton
3 months
Cotton Glove
Cotton glove
1-5 months
Buoy
Styrofoam
buoy
80 years
Cotton Rope
Cotton rope
3-14 months
Reuse Reuse Reuse Reuse Reuse
Plywood
Plywood
1-3 year
Glass
Glass bottles/jars
undetermined
Wooden Stick
Painted
wooden stick
13 years
Tin Can
Tin can
50 years
Plastic Bottle
Plastic bottle
450 years
Reuse
Recycle
Reuse
Recycle
Recycle Reuse
Recycle
Reuse
Recycle
    Apple Core
Apple core
2 months
   
    Compost    

Gulf of Mexico Program Office
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