Buried crisp packet from 20 years ago, sheds light on rate everyday items decompose
PUBLISHED: 12:54 22 April 2019 | UPDATED: 08:51 23 April 2019
A crisp packet has been found in near perfect condition after spending two decades in the ground.
Packaging from popular crisp brand Walkers Quavers was found on an allotment site with the 'best before' date showing October 1999, and the wrapper had barely began decomposing.
Allotment holder and journalist Chris Bishop, from Hunstanton, said: “It was in nearly mint condition, despite being buried for the best part of 20 years.
“You worry what legacy we're leaving for the future for the sake of a snack someone had on my plot two decades ago.”
A packet of crisps takes mere minutes to devour but the packaging can take up to eight decades to decompose. Plastic bags can take anywhere from 500 - 1,000 years to breakdown and plastic bottles can take mote than 450 years.
The West Norfolk council website has a run down of 'recycling A-Z' that covers more than 100 everyday items and how to recycle them correctly.