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Do you think you're recycling as much of your rubbish as you
can? Have you ever thought about what happens to the rest of
your household waste after your rubbish is collected? Probably
not – a case of out-of-sight out-of-mind. Most of our
domestic waste goes into landfill sites. Buried below ground,
you may imagine it's rapidly broken down into the soil. This
may not be the case, as you are about to find out.
Here's the challenge - guess how long each item takes to
decompose into a landfill site. Then see what common household
items you can compost or recycle – you'd be amazed how
much you can reduce your waste. Are you a good sort? Find out
The details in this feature were last updated in July 2011.