Trash falls into one of two categories: either biodegradable or non-biodegradable. While Biodegradable waste will eventually break down and become part of the earth and soil, like food scraps and paper. Non-biodegradable waste will NOT break down or at least NOT break down for many years. Examples of Non-biodegradable are plastics, metal and glass. Dangerous chemicals and toxins are also non-biodegradable, as are plastic grocery bags, plastic water bottles and other similar materials.
Non-biodegradable trash has been a growing concern to environmentalists, but now is becoming a concern to anyone wanting to embrace a more eco-friendly lifestyle; as world population grows so does our waste. It’s becoming increasingly important to understand what non-biodegradable waste is, as well as the effects that it has in on our planet.
Non-biodegradable trash that is discarded to be land filled will only accumulate. The most wide-reaching effect of non-biodegradable trash is the Pacific Garbage Patch; an area of the Pacific Ocean, which is heavily polluted with plastics and other waste. “The patch extends over a very wide area, with estimates ranging from an area the size of the state of Texas to one larger than the continental United States; however, the exact size is unknown.” It is estimated that unless consumers reduce current levels of non-biodegradable waste, the Pacific Garbage Patch will double in size in the next 10-20 years endangering the life of an infinite amount of marine animals.
All hope is not lost, and there are ways to prevent the accumulation of non-biodegradable waste. The most common one available to everyone is to recycle. Another solution is to replace non-biodegradable materials with ones specifically designed to biodegrade; and also supporting companies that are striving to help our environment. Above all “Say No To Plastic Bottles! – Say No To Plastic Bags!”
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As we become more technologically advanced, we produce materials that can withstand extreme temperatures, are durable and easy to use. Plastic bags, synthetics, plastic bottles, tin cans, and computer hardware- these are some of the things that make life easy for us.
But what we forget is that these advanced products do not break down naturally. When we dispose them in a garbage pile, the air, moisture, climate, or soil cannot break them down naturally to be dissolved with the surrounding land. They are not biodegradable. However natural waste and products made from nature break down easily when they are disposed as waste.
But as more and more biodegradable materials pile up, there is increased threat to the environment. Visit the sites mentioned below to know about what is biodegradable and what is not and to understand how non-biodegradable materials affect the environment.
This site is one of the best introductions to what is biodegradable and non-biodegradable material and recycling. Especially the three Rs: reuse, reduce and recycle. Study this decomposition chart and you will may be surprised at how long and if common things like glass bottles take to decompose!
For some good definitions of the related terms used in this field, visit this site.
To understand the seriousness of the problem caused by non-biodegradable waste, you can read about what's happening to particular places where plastic and other materials are used for almost everything.
One of the most common household waste is polythene- mostly used as polythese bags for shopping and carrying light things. Since they are cheap, they are used by almost everyone- from the local vegetable seller to the supermarket bread shelf.
The hazard that polythene causes to the environment is very serious. This site is a research study undertaken by students about waste management in Uganda. But it has some interest information on what polythene waste does to the environment and what measures we can take to help stop this kind of pollution.
On the other hand, biodegradable waste also has some effect on the environment. To understand how biodegradable waste is a factor in greenhouse effect visit the site. The problems it describes are common to all regions where there is the greenhouse effect.
Keeping in mind the potential hazard of biodegradable waste, it is important for you to know in what way you can help to make sure that less non-biodegradable material is left on the planet. Become an environment friendly consumer by following the everyday tips at on how we can contribute to less non-biodegradable materials.