Shopping Bags in Landfills

 

Most items which usually decompose in the environment under the natural elements of air and water are unable to decompose in landfills.

Plastic shopping bags take 20 to 1000 years to deteriorate and paper bags only 30 days in the open environment.

But neither of these will decompose in a landfill.

It's a fact that items such as hot dogs, newspapers, and even grapes can be unearthed many years later and still recognized for what they are in perfect condition!

The statistics on how plastic and paper bags affect our environment are staggering.

Sources:

http://environment.about.com/od/recycling/a/biodegradable.htm

http://www.apluswriting.net/rssnewsfeeds/homeandgarden/canvasbags.htm

 

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Author: Marilyn Pokorney
Freelance writer of science, nature, animals and the environment.
Also loves crafts, gardening, and reading.
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