A Dollar Frayed Is A Dollar Recycled

Paper money, like the mortals who spend it, doesn't last. After 18 months, $1 bills are too frayed for general circulation. A fin is around for just two years. And $20 greenbacks? Three to four years. The feds dispose of 7,000 tons of worn-out bucks annually. And it costs big bucks, the still-in-use kind, to shred bills, pack them into bricks, then dump them in landfills.

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