How long does cardboard take to break down in landfills?



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    In the ocean environment, it may take about 2 months for a cardboard to break down. Imagine cardboard in an environment with less moisture…That could take up to 20 times longer to break down!

    Since cardboard is biodegradable, it will produce the greenhouse gas Methane as it is breaking down so if it ends up in landfill it will increase the amount of Methane being released into the atmosphere and contribute to global warming as well as take up unnecessary space.

    Recycling one ton of cardboard saves over nine cubic yards of landfill space and cuts the emissions of sulfur dioxide in half and uses about 25% less energy than making cardboard from virgin pulp!

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