Biodegradable Materials

Non Biodegradable

They get decomposed easily by natural methods

The do not get easily decomposed by natural methods

Example - 

  • Peels of vegetables and fruits - 1 to 2 weeks
  • Paper - 10-30 days
  • Cotton cloth - 2 to 5 Months
  • Wood - 10 to 15 years
  • Woolen Clothes - About a year
Example
  • Tin, aluminium, and other metal cans - 100 to 500 years
  • Plastic bags - Several years

 

Type of Waste Approximate Time
taken to Degenerate
Nature of Material
Peels of vegetable and fruits,
leftover foodstuff, etc.
1 to 2 weeks Biodegradable
Paper 10 to 30 days Biodegradable
Cotton cloth 2 to 5 months Biodegradable
Wood 10 to15 years Biodegradable
Woollen clothes About a year Biodegradable
Tin, aluminium, and other
metal cans
100 to 500 years Non-biodegradable
Plastic bags Several years Non-biodegradable



  1. Class 8
  2. Chapter 3 Class 8 - Synthetic Fibres And Plastics

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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.