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Difference between biodegradable non-biodegradable substanes?


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2009-04-27 13:43:44
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Biodegradable can be broken down by the earth naturally, non- biodegradable can not.

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Biodegradable pollutants eventually break down and become part of the environment again. Nonbiodegradable pollutants never become a natural part of the ecosystem again.

Only Plastics are non biodegradable. because the molecular bond between them is so strong hence it is difficult to break it hence it is non biodegradable

The difference between biodegradable and non biodegradable is things that are biodegradable break down after time. Non biodegradable things do not break down over time.

soapy are biodegradable and soap-less non biodegradable

biodegradable pollutants can be broken down by living organsims where as non-biodegradable cannot be broken down back into the soil

Biodegradable things break down over time. Non biodegradable items sit in dumps and landfills for a long time because they do not break down.

Biodegradable breaks down in the environment and is harmless. Non does not.

Biodegradable means it can be decomposed but it needs a chemical agent to help break it down . Whereas degradable means it can be chemically degraded and it does not need an agent to degrade it.

Material that's nonliving (excluding dead organic matter) is non-biodegradable. Plastic, metal, styrofoam, and corrugated cardboard are non-biodegradable, while a dead tree, animal waste, and skin cells are biodegradable. A difference between biodegradable trash and non-biodegradable trash is that the biodegradable can be thrown out into a backyard and eventually turn into soil or something that other living things can reuse, while non-biodegradable trash can be recycled, as in reused for its original purposed, usually for humans.

Biodegradable means that something is capable of being decomposed by bacteria or other living organisms. A paper wrapper for a sandwich is biodegradable, but a plastic box is not. Bury the plastic box, dig it up a year later, it is still there. The paper wrapper would have degraded to humus (soil).

Biodegradable things slowly degrade over time and do not harm the earth. Something that disentagrates will fall apart or "rip" apart and do ot nessacarily harm or not harm the earth.

The main difference between Ordinary Polythene & Biodegradable polythene is: * Ordinary polythene takes an around 100 + years to degrade... * Biodegradable/Degradable polythene degrades or biodegrades in around 5 yrs depending on how it's made and how its disposed. However, biodegradation starts in the presence of sunlight, moisture, mechanical stress and/or microorganisms... For more information on biodegradable polythene film please visit www.polybags.co.uk who offers both type of bags and will be able help you more... http://www.polybags.co.uk/index_scroll.htm?main=cs_898.htm.

The difference is that biodegradable means that items such as food waste, garden waste and certain plastics can be broken down by the actions of bacterium, fungi and other living organisms. They can be composted. Recycled means that they can be reused as they are once cleaned, processed or treated eg clothes, paper, card and glass.

When something is bio degradable it will break down in the environment with the assistance of bacteria or other organisms. Non bio degradable detergent will not break down naturally without chemical assistance.

Biodegradable waste is waste that can break down into natural components and be recycled into the life cycle naturally...examples are old vegtables / food, paper, cardboard, deceased animals, and phyto plastics( special plastics that break down when exposed to the sun after some time) etc. Non biodegradable waste is waste that does not break down into natural components and exists in the environment for a long time. Examples would be tyres, plastics, elctronic components, metals etc.

Input and output describes the connection between biodegradable waste and compost. A biodegradable waste is animal or plant matter that breaks down into its base compounds under the effects of heat, light, micro-organisms, moisture and oxygen. The breakdown results in dark, fresh, nutrient-rich compost.

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