JUL 23, 2017 09:44 AM PDT

Trash Decomposition Takes Longer Than You Think

WRITTEN BY: Anthony Bouchard
3 2 273


Some of the things we throw away can take an eternity to decompose. While food scraps and organic matter are the quickest to decompose, man-made materials like plastic, Styrofoam, and glass will take longer to decompose than an ordinary piece of trash.

Depending on where some of these materials end up, they can take longer to decompose. For example, trash thrown in our oceans sinks to the seafloor where the lack of oxygen and elemental erosion keeps the trash intact.

Even trash that you throw away correctly can last for extended periods of time before decomposing. In many cases, you won't even live long enough to see the day where some of the trash items you throw away correctly will discompose.

Many of these kinds of materials can be recycled and reused, which keeps them out of our landfills and is far better for the environment. Recyclable materials include cardboard, glass, and plastic, among other things.

Think about the things you throw away before they're hauled off to the landfill and plan for recycling certain things accordingly.

About the Author
  • Fascinated by scientific discoveries and media, Anthony found his way here at LabRoots, where he would be able to dabble in the two. Anthony is a technology junkie that has vast experience in computer systems and automobile mechanics, as opposite as those sound.
You May Also Like
JUL 10, 2018
Videos
JUL 10, 2018
At Four Years Old, This Girl Takes Her First Steps
Cerebral palsy (CP) is a neurological condition that is usually present at birth. It’s common in children born prematurely. For one little girl, Maya
JUL 10, 2018
Videos
JUL 10, 2018
New Tools in the CRISPR Kit
Some diseases are caused by a single gene mutation. Others are far more complex.
JUL 19, 2018
Videos
JUL 19, 2018
The Transition to Multicellular Life May Have Been Simple
It may have been relatively easy for complex organisms to form from one-celled microbes, researchers suggest.
JUL 24, 2018
Videos
JUL 24, 2018
A wave of plastic is washing over the DR
Footage from a video taken by “Parley for the Ocean” on July 14, 2018, shows an actual wave of plastic washing over the shores of Santo Domingo
AUG 07, 2018
Videos
AUG 07, 2018
Can "Going Keto" Affect Your Skin?
The ketogenic diet is quite trendy and is hailed by health professionals and followers for weight loss, metabolic benefits and cholesterol management. It i
AUG 13, 2018
Videos
AUG 13, 2018
Some Ways of Healing the Brain Actually Damage It
Fixing the body usually involves “doing no harm” since that is part of the Hippocratic Oath doctors take. However, to repair the brain, sometim
Loading Comments...