Apparantly it is best not to throw away bananas on hikes as they can take up to two years to biodegrade. The John Muir Trust, which protects many of Scotland’s wild places, estimates that there are now 1,000 banana skins strewn across Ben Nevis alone. But at least they aren’t as bad as chewing gum.
- Paper bag – 1 month
- Apple core – 8 weeks
- Orange peel and banana skins – 2 years
- Cigarette end – 18 months to 500 years
- Plastic bag – 10 to 20 years
- A plastic bottle – 450 years
- Chewing gum – 1 million years