Common Ways Boaters Harm the Environment
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Here are some common ways that boaters harm the environment.
- If you simply toss your trash into the water, it will be around for years. Here's the time it takes for some common items to decompose.
|Paper takes 2-4 weeks.
Wax-coated paper, such as a fast food wrapper or cup, takes much longer.
|Tin cans take 100 years.|
|Aluminum cans take 200-500 years.|
|Plastic six-pack rings or any other plastic takes 450 years.|
|Glass bottles take more than 500 years.|
- Small amounts of petroleum products spilled in the water can have a large impact.
|One gallon of gasoline can contaminate 750 gallons of drinking water.|
|One single quart of oil when spilled can create an oil slick as large as three football fields and remain in the area for up to two years.|