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).
Available for free* two-week loan from:
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Environmental Assistance , MPCA
520 Lafayette Rd North
St. Paul MN 55155
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