How long does it take the following items to biodegrade?*
*According to the best expert guesses
Cigarette butts: 5-10 years
Plastic bags: 20-1000 years
Aluminum cans: 200-500 years
Disposable Diapers and sanitary pads: 500-800 years
Monofilament fishing line: about 800 years
Glass bottles: 1-2 million years
Styrofoam, Plastic bottles, and tin foil: Basically never
All of this doesn't even tell you all the crud that each of these items leaches into the ground and water table, plus, did you know that garbage dumps actually produce greenhouse and toxic gases? At a faster rate than car usage and cow farts — which is saying something.
What's the solution? Take all our trash and shoot it into space? Maybe. But then we've got other problems to deal with in a couple thousand years. Just take it from Fry. Best to use less, recycle, and buy biodegradable.