Dropped items are not being cleaned up/despawned at all or are staying around on very, very long timers (multiple days). Items such as clothing, food, and other misc. items should despawn in 30 minutes if dropped by a player, but they are not. I've come across the same pair of jeans in a hunting stand since the release of .58 and there are other reports of the same in multiple posts on reddit.
It doesn't appear to apply to items with the ruined status or crafted items. Note: All of this was seen on a private hive where the issue seems to be most prevalent, or at least most obvious due to the lesser amount of player activity.