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Biodegradable Waste

Last updated: February 12, 2017

What Does Biodegradable Waste Mean?

Biodegradable waste is any product that can be easily broken down naturally by water, oxygen, the sun's rays, radiation, or microorganisms. In the process, organic forms of matter are broken down into simpler units. The matter is decomposed and will eventually return to the soil. In this way, the soil is nourished.

Safeopedia Explains Biodegradable Waste

Biodegradable wastes are also referred to as green waste, recyclable waste, food waste or organic waste. Waste products that cannot be broken down are known as non-biodegradable waste. Biodegradable waste is often used for composting. This process turns the waste into humus. By the process of anaerobic digestion, it can also be used as a source of energy in the form of heat, electricity and fuel.


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