One of Malta’s foremost environmentalists has given us a blast from the past in the dirtiest way possible.
After cleaning up the area around Mdina, Cami Appelgren posted a photo of some of the wrappers, bags, and products she found discarded there… some for literal decades.
“How many of you remember these? Just a reminder of the fact that this is how plastic wrappers look after 40 to 50 years in nature,” she said. “These were thrown over the walls in Mdina during the 70s and 80s and found 2019.”
Her vintage trash both showed firsthand how long a simple piece of throw-away litter takes to the decompose, and just disgusting it is.
“Instead of fossils of weird and wonderful dinosaurs, plants or insects, our time – 70s, 80s, 90s – will be known for its insatiable desire for snacks in convenient, garish packaging,” said one person in response.
Among the cans and bottles were wrappers that some people literally didn’t recognise, that’s just how old they were.
“I’m 41 years old and I don’t even remember the packet with the dolphin and the soccer ball,” said another person.
Plastic waste is one of many types of wastes that take too long to decompose. Normally, plastic items can take up to 1,000 years to decompose in landfills. Even plastic bags we use in our everyday life take anywhere from 10 to 1,000 years to decompose and plastic bottles can take 450 years or more.