What are the problems caused by the non-biodegradable wastes that we generate?



The problems caused by the non-biodegradable wastes that we generate are

  • Biological magnification - Non biodegradable wastes like pesticides enter into the food chain and accumulate with increase in trophic levels and thus harm the organisms.
  • Non-biodegradable materials present in the environment seep into the soil, thus making it less fertile by either making it too acidic or making it too alkaline. 
  • If we try to eliminate non-biodegradable wastes by burning, they generate various harmful gases.
  • Non-biodegradable wastes do not decompose even in a long time, hence we require large dumping areas. 
  • The non-biodegradable waste disposed in various water bodies affect the lives of marine animals.

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Davneet Singh is a graduate from Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur. He has been teaching from the past 9 years. He provides courses for Maths and Science at Teachoo.