First off, it is important to note that the speed of all waste biodegradation depends on conditions including: oxygen, sun exposure, temperature, water, ph, etc.
Aluminum foil is 100 percent recyclable. Unfortunately, most of the aluminum foil waste used in the United States ends up in landfills. According to reports by Metro Recycling, “we throw away enough foil each year to build a fleet of aircraft and recycling a single aluminum can saves enough energy to power a television for three hours”. When aluminum foil is sent to the landfill, it will sit for literally thousands of years. So, next time you unwrap a leftover casserole, think twice before throwing it into the garbage. Check out 11 things you didn’t know about recycling.
Styrofoam is not biodegradable and remains in a landfill for hundreds—if not thousands—of years. According to Sciencing.com, “Because of Styrofoam’s atomic stability, the plastic repels water and resists acids, bases, salts and other corrosive substances.” Styrofoam is non-toxic and has a long shelf life, making it convenient and cost-effective for businesses. The downside to Styrofoam’s chemical stability is once it’s in the environment, it can remain for generations.
Additionally, styrofoam does eventually fragment into small pieces, making it a choking hazard for animals that ingest it. Keep your pets safe with these 17 tips.