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What is non-biodegradable waste?

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Non-biodegradable waste is a type of waste that can not be broken down into its base compounds by micro-organisms, air, moisture or soil in a reasonable amount of time. Non-biodegradable waste is an environmental concern, as it threatens to overwhelm landfills and create disposal problems.

Unlike biodegradable waste, such as food and other organic waste, non-biodegradable waste remains stable indefinitely. It includes items like rubber tires, Styrofoam, plastic, fiberglass and metals. Because non-biodegradable waste cannot be broken down, recycling is the best option for managing it. Many businesses and municipalities have special bins designated specifically for the disposal of non-biodegradable waste.

Q&A Related to "What is non-biodegradable waste?"
Non-biodegradable waste will NOT break down (or won't for many many years). Examples are plastics, metal and glass. Dangerous chemicals and toxins are also non-biodegradable, as are
http://wiki.answers.com/Q/Biodegradable+and+non+bi...
The problems are caused when we don't recycle these non-biodegradable wastes. Without recycling, the raw material resources that went into this product are considered "used"
http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=200708...
In order to obtain a non-waste determination, the facility would submit a petition to the authorized state, or to EPA if the state is not authorized for this regulatory provision.
http://www.epa.gov/osw/hazard/dsw/dsw-faq.htm
The case-specific non-waste determination petition process would allow petitioners to demonstrate that their hazardous secondary material clearly is not a solid waste because: (1)
http://www.epa.gov/osw/hazard/dsw/dsw-faq.htm
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