Plastic is one of the most commonly used and thrown away materials, but there is little consensus in the scientific community on how long it takes for plastic to degrade in the landfill. Some experts say it never completely goes away; it only breaks down into smaller and smaller pieces. It is estimated that 1 in every 10 pieces of plastic ends up in the ocean after being carried there by currents in contributing waterways.
Tips for Recycling Plastics: Plastics are commonly labeled with a number that helps to determine whether or not you can recycle the item. Look at the bottom of the package for a triangle with a number inside to determine which type of plastic your item contains. It is helpful, but not necessary, to remove the lids from plastic bottles and containers before recycling.
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