Every year Americans throw out the equivalent weight of all mineable coal in Mongolia, 2006’s global carbon

dioxide emissions, or one per cent of the weight of all living organisms – in only the types of waste described below. How long does that waste take to break down? If time went backwards from today, what significant events in history would witness the decomposition of that waste?

Millions of tonnes of US annual waste

HAIRSPRAY 1000 2150 PLASTIC BOTTLE 420 418

STYROFOAM NEVER 2000
Years to decompose

TIRE 300 2700

GLASS BOTTLE 4000 12300

TIN CAN 50 7300

PLASTIC BAG 1000 750 ALUMINIUM CAN 400 500 NAPPY 200 755

CIGARETTE BUTT 10 850

CARDBOARD 15 62 PAPER 5 4 CHEWING GUM 5 0.01

TETRA PACK 5 0.3

GEORGE BUSH RE-ELECTED 2005 YAHOO! FOUNDED 1995 JOHN F. KENNEDY ELECTED 1960

2005 KYOTO PROTOCOL IMPLEMENTED 2000 AL GORE DEFEATED BY GEORGE W. BUSH

1810 BEETHOVEN COMPOSED FÜR ELISE THE INDUSTRIAL REVOLUTION STARTED 1710 ROMEO & JULIETTE FIRST PERFORMED 1595 1611 KING JAMES BIBLE FIRST PUBLISHED

DENMARK INVADED ENGLAND 1000

1005 MACBETH BORN

STONEHENGE COMPLETED 1990 BC

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