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Different materials decompose at vastly different rates. Some materials decompose quite fast, such as paper and food. Others, such as plastics and glass, can take hundreds or thousands of years.
Environment also plays a big role in decomposition. Moisture, salinity, and degree of exposure all affect the rate of break down.

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Decomposition

Decomposition is the process by which organic substances are broken down into simpler ... Animals, such as worms, also help decompose the organic materials. Organisms that do this are known as decomposers. Although no two organisms ...

www.down2earthmaterials.ie/2013/02/14/decompose

Feb 14, 2013 ... According to our research the following is the estimated time for some everyday items that are all around us to decompose in landfill sites:.

cstars.metro.ucdavis.edu/index.php/download_file/view/561/554

Decomposition of waste materials in surface and subsurface soil. Patty Hernandez, Evelyn Leon, Christian Uribe, and Daniel A. Bair. EnvironMentors- ...

www.thebalance.com/how-long-does-it-take-garbage-to-decompose-2878033

Feb 28, 2017 ... In fact, we should reduce consumption of products that generate waste materials that take a long time in landfills to get completely decomposed ...

aggie-horticulture.tamu.edu/earthkind/landscape/dont-bag-it/chapter-1-the-decomposition-process

The process of decomposition — the breakdown of raw organic materials to a finished compost — is a gradual complex process, one in which both chemical and ...

www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/1543-measuring-biodegradability

Jun 19, 2008 ... In nature, different materials biodegrade at different rates. ... plastic bags, nothing happens – there's no CO2 production and no decomposition.

treesforlife.org.uk/forest/forest-ecology/decomposition-and-decay

In a forest, the rate of decomposition depends on what the dead plant material is. Leaves of deciduous trees and the stems and foliage of non-woody plants ...

science.jrank.org/pages/1967/Decomposition.html

CORBIS/Gary Braasch. Reproduced by permission . Decomposition is the natural process by which large organic materials and molecules are broken down into ...

www.des.nh.gov/organization/divisions/water/wmb/coastal/trash/documents/marine_debris.pdf

Time it takes for garbage to decompose in the environment: Glass Bottle................. ......... 1 million years. Monofilament Fishing Line… 600 years. Plastic Beverage ...