Disposable nappies are up there with the worst of them.

Not only do they hang around for so long but they also make it seem acceptable to package up human poo to throw in the bin. Where it doesn’t magically disappear. It won’t even magically disappear for another 500 years, like after our great great great great great great grandchildren have been and gone. The petrochemical parts won’t break down. Ever.

A single use item, and it’s here forever.

How long does it take to decompose?

Banana Skin: 3-4 weeks
Paper Bag: 1 month
Cardboard: 2 months
Apple Core: 1-2 months
Orange Peel: Up to 2 years
Cigarette Butts: Up to 12 years
Plastic Bags: *Up to 20 years
Plastic Bottles: *450 years
Disposable Nappies: *500 years

*Petrochemical/Plastic products are never really broken down, unless they are recycled they stay in the environment forever.

References:  Keep Australia Beautiful WA, QLD Litter Prevention Alliance