Myth: Water Bottles Are Littered More Than Aluminum Cans
Some cities in the United States have gone as far as banning plastic water bottles to prevent them from ending up littered, but research shows that plastic water bottles are not the most littered items. According to a litter analysis done by Keep America Beautiful, aluminum beverage containers were littered nearly five times more often than plastic water bottles. Alcohol cans were the most common among the aluminum litter.
Aluminum cans can take up to 500 years to decompose. Aluminum, like PET plastic, is recyclable when it ends up in the proper bin.
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