How long does it take plastic to decompose in a landfill site?
Plastic doesn't decompose, unless it's made of vegetable oil.Normal plastic breaks down eventually into tiny pieces, but they'restill tiny pieces of plastic, which kill birds and animals that eatthem accidentally.
500 years. It would depend on the composition of the plastic bag and itsdisposal environment. Plastic bags can take hundreds of years todecompose. Some supermarkets implemented environmentally friendly plastic bagsthat could decompose/compost in a year or less under exposure toair and sunlight. Howe…ver when the bags were dumped in a landfill,they were covered with other trash eliminating exposure to air andsunlight, inhibiting decomposition, resulting in the plastic bagsstaying around much longer. (MORE)
Well, there are different lengths of period.. The minimum is 600 years.. But it all depends on how the king reptile of the landfill is feeling and if his got his groove on.. He is a flirty guy, so may try to hit on you. Be warned.. From the genius mother teresa.
Landfills are not built then watched until they fill up. An engineered landfill is sized so that it fills up in an estimated period of time. Usually the interior is divided up into cells which are filled sequentially so the status of the estimate can be corrected. Building against an estimated lif…espan allows planning for the development of a new site to be done in an orderly fashion. (MORE)
approximately 700 yrs for landfill :) Answer As plastic is a generic name for certain synthetic or semisynthetic materials, all are not the same. Some plasics will be harder and more durable than other plasics. The above answer of 700 years will vary from one type of plastic to another. No cer…tain time period can be given. (MORE)
It takes 70-450 years to decompose. And if you buy biodegradable platic it only takes 75-180 days. Wow, that is a BIG difference and that is fantastic that people actually look at this and they think about it and then they say "Save The Ozone Layer!" I bet that everyone that reads this will take t…he step to buy everything that is biodegradable! Thank you soooooo much for reading this an taking time out of your life! (MORE)
How long does it decompose depend on the specific chemical makeup of the plastic. Some plastics have weaker chemical bonds and thus do not take as long to biodegrade. Some plastics, however, have bonds that are so strong that they would not break down easily even over long periods of time--in some c…ases, forever isn't an exaggeration. (MORE)
decomposition and erosion are 2 differant things a steel can dos not decompose because it is not organic
it really depends on what kind of plastic it is and what bed it would be decomposing and other factors play a role too, like the sun and moisture. Certain kinds of plastics could take thousands of years.
Technically copper never decomposes by nature/environment (inrespect to earth's current surface environment),,, copper isproducted as a biproduct in nature or by human beings and onlyaccummulates,,,, it can be recycled or altered to a differentstates by high temperature or exposure to chemicals.....…... Inrespect to copper, exposed to normal ranges of our currentenvironment will not decompose....... glass may take millions ofyears to decompose in our current natural environment.... copperwill not decompose.... (MORE)
The amount of time that it takes for plastic wrap to decompose itdependent on its size and materials. However, on average it takes500 years to decompose.
An average time for a plastic bottle to biodegrade fully is approximately 450-1000 years. However, there are many different kinds of plastic in the world, most commonly the hard and reusable ones, which take a longer time, and the soft and non-reusable ones, which take a shorter time. Time also vari…es with the size of the bottle.. If they are sitting in landfills sealed and compacted with all of the other trash and bottles with no air moving, they won't decompose at all. a standard PETE plastic bottle will never rot. (MORE)
50 YEARS to bio degrade u roxs by the way cuz u lookin at dis
Wood takes varying amounts of time to decompse. small twigs that are a 5th of a inch in diameter can take 3-to-5 months to decompose. branches that are 1 inch in diameter can take up to 3 years to decompose. logs that are a foot in diameter can take 10 years to fully decompse. and logs that have a d…iameter of 4 feet across from a 300 year old tree ,can take up to 50 years to decompose. the best way to speed up the natural process of decomposition is to bury the wood about 1 foot deep and then fill it in with dirt this can speed up the decomposition by 50% meaning that a log thats 4 feet across will only take 25 years to fully decompose but the problem here is that wood eating insects will have a harder time decomposing it for best results bury your dead wood with termites. also burning wood in a bon fire is not a good idea because it re-releases the carbon back into the air. a hunk of wood is basically pure organic carbon. if wood is burned then it cancels out all of the positive impact that that tree gave to to before it died. these are some variables to consider Is it exposed to weather or protected? Has it been finished or preserved in some way? How big is it dimensionally? Wood chips or sawdust will decompose a lot faster then a log will. Wood will decompose faster if its wet. so if theres a pile of wood thats about 4 feet high typically the wood will decompose at different rates the wood at the bottom goes faster and the wood at the top wont decompose at all till it gets lower over time as the bottom eventually decomposes. (MORE)
Well... I'm not entirely sure but all I know is why am I answering all the questions huh? why can't you answer any huh? give me an answer to those questions anyway the answer is 100-200years this is the last time I'm helping you humph!
The plastic rings that hold six beverage cans are these days made of special polymers that cause them to break down when exposed to sunlight. Though they still remain intact for many months, they become extremely brittle and can be broken easily. To decompose entirely, it would take only a few years…, if exposed directly to sunlight. If buried, the plastic would decompose extremely slowly, probably on the order of several hundred years. Naturally, the fastest way to dispose of them is by sending them to a recycling centre to be melted down. (MORE)
The decomposition starts after 50 years, and it takes 400 years to be completely decomposed.
depends on what it is try being more specific! this is want i know off the top of my head: plastic bottles: 70-450 years piece of paper: 2-5 months plastic bag: 500-1000 years tin can: around 50 years leather shoes: 25-40 years banana peel: 2-10 days sugarcane: 30-60 days thread:… 3-4 months cotton: 1-5 months paper bags: 2-5 months rope: 3-14 months orange peel: within 6 months cigarette: 1-12 years milk packet (tetra) covers and drink packets: 5 years nylon clothes: 30-40 years sanitary napkins & children diapers: 500-800 years glass bottles: 1,000,000 years I will add more as i go along! hairspray bottle:200-500 years fishing line:600 years. glass bottle;1-2 million years aluminum can:200 years apple core:2 months polystyrene:500 years (MORE)
Landfill sites are planned never to be used again (by government's because of the hazards involved. . For example: The rotting waste often contains toxic or harmful chemicals (although it should not) which could pose a health hazard to anyone living too near. It would not be appropriate to build …a property, especially one with a garden, on such a site. . Another reason is that the decomposing waste uses up less space in the ground each year, it both compresses and loses some of its mass as methane gas. If a car or other heavy object passed over the site it could easily break through the soft ground, falling in to the hole that is left. If the air in the hole was more than about 50% methane, then anyone who landed in it would suffocate. There are other more obvious heath risks, such as broken glass, so these sites are kept with no possible plan for future use. (MORE)
Plastic takes 100 billion years to decompose. Even something astiny as a plastic wrapper will not decompose for that long.
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Approximately 16% Plastic is very harmful to the environment because it takes such a long time to decompose!
it depend on the place,worms,weather and quantity so it is not fixed it may take months or years
Plastic made from fossil-fuel oil never decomposes. It may break down into tiny pieces of plastic after some time, and may even be eaten by animals and insects, but styrofoam and other plastics do not decompose.
Cars are seldom put into landfills; they contain enough easily recoverable metal to make recycling them a paying proposition.
It takes about 500 years for a plastic container to decompose in a landfill. It isn't until the chemical bonds between the atoms start to break down.
depends what in. if its just out in the open it will take years to fully decompose
It can take up to two months for an apple core to decompose in alandfill. Banana peels will take a few days to decompose. Whileglass takes a very long time to decompose, a paper bag can take upto five months.
Although Plastics in general can take a very long time to degrade, 6-pack ring carriers are made of LDPE #4 and must be degradeable by law. They are photodegradable which means the sun's ultraviolet rays cause the carrier to become brittle, so that it breaks down into even smaller and smaller, non-t…oxic, pieces under the effects of wind, rain and other environmental forces. The ring carrier loses approximately 75% of its strength within days of direct exposure to sunlight. It can become completely brittle in a matter of weeks. The carrier must be exposed to direct or indirect sunlight. The speed at which it becomes brittle will vary with the time of year, temperature, latitude and any other factors, which limit the amount of ultraviolet (UV) light exposure to the carrier. The carrier will not degrade if behind a glass window or otherwise shielded from UV exposure. The best way to dispose of the ring carriers is to recycle them to reclaim the plastic instead of having them decompose in the environment. (MORE)
Birds are fragile, the bird will be completely gone into dust orplain nothing since the bones are filled with air the bones andtheir feathers will decompose faster than any other animal, if ithas bugs or ants, they will consume the soft tissues first andleave the bones to fall apart and that will be… soon after death. (MORE)
because the plastic synthetic polymers are based on hydrocarbons, the polymers do not decompose easly.
-All plastic ring carriers are made from a special low-density polyethylene plastic, which is 100 percent photodegradable. -Exposure to the sun's ultraviolet rays causes the rings to weaken and become brittle. Wind and rain will break up the brittle carrier into small pieces. -When exposed to su…mmer sunlight, a photodegradable plastic ring carrier will begin to lose its strength in a short period of time and become totally brittle in about three weeks. This process takes longer in cloudy, cold winter weather. - Once a ring carrier has been weakened by ultraviolet rays it poses minimal risk to wildlife. Since the carrier floats, photodegradation occurs on water as well as land. Ring carriers must be Photodegradable by law: *Degradable Plastic Ring Carriers Federal Law 40 CFR Part 238 (MORE)
It all depends what conditions it is in. If you leave it outside the whole time, rain will surly rust the trucks,bolts, and nuts. If you use it too much, the board will begin to snap. It all varies on how much it has been used, or how long it has been outside.
A ripe pear could take as little as 3-5 days to decompose. A pearthat is not fully ripe may take more then a week to rot.
An aluminum soda can will last hundreds or even thousands of years unless exposed to acidic soil or water. You can find remnants of soda cans that have been eaten away by acid from rainfall. Aluminum soda cans will also slowly combust in the right conditions.
It depends on the mass of the cardboard I did an experiment and found out that in 2 weeks cardboard's mass decreased 0.04g so if a piece of cardboard has the mass of 0.40g it'll take 20 weeks. I put that piece of cardboard in a landfill and put water in it 1 time It depends on the conditions…. It Takes About 2-3 months depending on the environment. It takes 4 wks for a cardboard box to biodegrade! (MORE)
I don't really knows how long it takes to decompose because it really depends on which material it is based on. So you would have to be specific.
It depends on the bioplastic. Some can decompose in a composting pile in several weeks, while some are meant to be stable like regular plastics for many many decades.
Hundreds of years because the paper gets no oxygen so it decomposes at a snails pace. Also over 50% of materials in landfills is paper/cardboard and the sad part is its 100% recyclable!
Plastic is one of the very worst items to decompose. Plastic has a very bad effect on our ecoysystems
Hundreds, 400-700 I think, but I'm not certain, landfill sites do not provide good conditions for nonbiodegradable plastics to degrade,
Hard plastic takes centuries to decompose. This is why there is a push among environmentalists to reuse and recycle not only plastics but any material that can be kept out of landfills.
It depends what it is. Warm wet organic material will decompose in a few weeks. Cans and bottles and plastics will never decompose.
Banana Peel: 3-4 weeks . Paper Bag: 1 month . Cardboard: 2 months . Wool Sock : 1 year . Tinned Steel Can: 50 years . Aluminum Can: 200-500 years (But if recycled, it can be reused within 6 weeks!) . Disposable Diapers: 550 years . Plastic Bags : 20-1000 years . Plastic Jug …: 1 million years . Glass : 1-2 million years . Styrofoam: 1+ million years (MORE)
Hi-Cone multipacks are produced from LDPE photodegradable plasticfree of heavy metals or toxic additives. In ultraviolet light suchas sunlight, the carriers degrade and break down into smaller andsmaller pieces of inert, harmless material. Depending on theseason, carriers may break down as quickly a…s three to four weeks.The photodegradable carrier starts to lose its strength veryquickly after exposure to sunlight. As they are lighter than water,Hi-Cone carriers float on water and continue to photodegrade. Sincethey contain no by-products in them, no leakage into the wateroccurs. (MORE)
this is a bit obvious init!! it takes around 10 years so that's about how long my ruler is
It's hard to believe, but I found this out and it's true, but if a plastice bottle were around at the time of the dinosaurs, (65 million years), it would still be around today!
How long does it take to biodegrade? . According to the February issue of Oprah magazine : . It takes a brown paper bag 1 to 5 months to biodegrade; . cigarette butts and filters take 12 years; . plastic bags, caps and lids take decades; . aluminum cans take 2 to 5 centuries; and . styrofoam …clamshells (the containers take-out food comes in) takes virtually forever. . (MORE)
A couple of seconds, if you're already there anyway. I suppose you probably meant "decompose". That depends on whatthey're made of.
As LEGO bricks are made of plastic, it would take a long time. Along time would be hundreds of years or maybe even more.