Bio and non-biodegradable

We all have experienced first hand what a damaged environment can do for our livelihood and our safety. If we don’t start recycling now, when?


Due to the continuous degradation of our environment, people are adapting ways on how they can stop the on going suffering of our surroundings. One process that is long been advocated is recycling. Recycling is fairly simply and wherever you might be, you can recycle. It is a simple act that when done by many can make a big difference. One process of recycling is the segregation of our trash, thus comes in the word, biodegradable and non-biodegradable.


Biodegradable is defined as an item that can be broken down to be used as a natural resource for the environment without causing any harm. It is those materials that have the capability to rot away and be absorbed by the environment. It doesn’t have any toxins that can ruin any part of its surroundings. A biodegradable material easily breaks down in a short time making more room for more materials to go through the same process. Unfortunately there are some items that we may think or is marketed as biodegradable but the truth is, it is not. An obvious biodegradable item includes, food scraps, wood that has no chemicals in it or paper. Other biodegradable materials that take longer to break down are steel products and some special plastic materials. There is also confusion when it comes to compost-friendly materials. An item that is compost-friendly includes organic matter that breaks down easily compared to biodegradable items that can also decompose but with the help from biological agents such as bacteria.



Non-biodegradable materials are those that do not rot, break down or decay. Examples of which include glass, metals, plastics, electronic devices and medical waste. These materials remain on earth for many years without degrading. Most of these materials can be re-used by adapting various processes to make is usable again. And some items that we use at home, most commonly, plastic materials can be re-used over and over again. Although computer parts, batteries and other same materials contain harmful chemicals, separating them from other materials for re use or safe disposal is vital. A common household waste that vastly contributes to the depletion of the environments health is the polythene. This kind of waste is used as polythese bags for shopping. Luckily, scientist have introduced ways to limit the wastage of non-biodegradable materials by making them biodegradable, although the process takes a lot of effort and money, which means it is more expensive when bought.


Our environment is a gift to us, it is our duty to care for it and make sure that the next generation can also enjoy it as much as we did. Look around you, you will see the changes that happens everyday, what has been the condition way before has drastically change for the worse. We all have experienced first hand what a damaged environment can do for our livelihood and our safety. If we don’t start recycling now, when? Put in your share, make a change and start recycling before it’s too late




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