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Biodegradable

By HHI Staff

Biodegradable is defined as “the ability of natural biological decay processes to break down complex compounds into simple molecules.” This is truly an asset for any product to have—especially if it’s to be composted. However, at the present time, most potentially biodegradable trash is buried in landfills, and because of the manner in which landfills are constructed, virtually nothing in them can ever biodegrade. The tight compaction of alternating layers of trash and clay in typical landfills generally won’t permit the breakdown of materials—even when they have the innate capacity to do so under normal circumstances.

 

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Interestingly, in a surprising reversal of popular trends, some products are now actually said to be healthy for the environment because they will not biodegrade. Non-biodegradability is promoted as a positive feature because it helps prevent leachate (seepage) from leaving landfill sites and contaminating water supplies.

 

 

 

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Biodegradable:  Created on June 4th, 2009.  Last Modified on February 28th, 2011

 

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