Degradable Plastics and the Environment

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10/12/2015
Resource Types: 
Video
Abstract: 

This video looks at the degradability of waste to address the question: Should plastics be made to degrade. Sanitary landfills are designed to keep garbage from polluting the air, water and soil by shielding waste from rain, sun and oxygen. Dr. William Rathje, a garbologist from the University of Arizona found that buried waste degrades so slowly, that old food or newspaper is recognizable after ten years in a landfill! The video argues that making plastics degradable is expensive, complicated and unnecessary and suggests putting more effort into recycling, reduction and resource recovery (incineration).
Produced 1988

Author: 
Mobil Chemical Company
Topic Areas: 
Recycling
Waste Management
Target Audience: 
Higher Education
Adult
Grades 10-12
Geographic Location: 
All Minnesota
Pages/Length: 
16 min.
Date Produced/Published: 
1988
Fee: 
No
Library loan: 
Yes
Quantity: 
2
Is training required?: 
No
Seasonal: 
No
Contact(s) or order information.: 

Available for free* two-week loan from:

Learning Resource Center & Library
Environmental Assistance , MPCA
520 Lafayette Rd North
St. Paul MN 55155
651-757-2120 or 800-877-6300
resourcecenter.pca@state.mn.us

*borrower pays return postage.