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!”