#LitterWatch2017: Week 7

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I am running a bit behind with posting this today as I got distracted by some impromptu gardening. It was actually digging through my compost bin to get compost for planting spring flowers that reminded me to grab some #LitterWatch2017 photos: despite being buried for 2-3 years, I am still uncovering bits of biodegradable kitchen bags and tea bags.

So it’s probably no surprise that this week’s photo looks very much like last week’s. The packaging is continuing to fade, especially the cardboard reds.  The cardboard and paper products are swelling and shrinking as they get wet then dry, but nothing has actually fallen apart so much I’ve had to completely remove it. Some items, like the carrier bags, “biodegradable” balloon, tobacco pouch, polystyrene takeaway container, and recyclables show almost zero changes.

Next week will mark two months that the rubbish has been outside (where is the year going?!). Stay tuned to see a comparison from the start of this experiment to the present.

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These cigarettes got knocked off when the board fell over in windy weather; the paper and tobacco are slowly disintegrating, but the cigarette butt itself still looks almost new. The cardboard is an insert from the cigarette carton without cellophane; it’s been left off the board to see if it changes when left on the ground.

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