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Class 10
Chapter 15 Class 10 - Our Environment (Term 2)

Why are some substances biodegradable and some non-biodegradable?

Answer

 

The decomposers break down specific substances present in the environment.

 

Due to this specific nature of decomposers, substances are divided into two categories

  • Biodegradable substances - The substances that can be broken down by the biological action of the decomposers are known as biodegradable substances. Such substances are generally natural.
    Example - dead remains of plants and animals.

  • Non Biodegradable substances - The substances that can not be broken down by the biological action of the decomposers are known as non-biodegradable substances. Such substances are generally man-made.
    Example - plastic.

 

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