Biodegradation of Common Wastes in a Marine Environment


Approximated time for compounds to biodegrade in a marine environment [ 3 ] Product Time to Biodegrade
Apple core 12 months
General paper 13 months
Paper towel 24 weeks
Cardboard box 2 months
Cotton cloth 5 months
Plastic coated milk carton 5 years
Wax coated milk carton 3 months
Tin cans 50100 years
Aluminium cans 150200 years
Glass bottles Undetermined (forever)
Plastic bags 1020 years
Soft plastic (bottle) 100 years
Hard plastic (bottle cap) 400 years


Compiled by Rami E. Kremesti