Impact of trash bags
Category: Science > Earth Sciences
Asked by: happy2seeall-ga
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24 Apr 2006 17:26 PDT
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Question ID: 722442
Since trash bags are used in American homes as a means of garbage disposal I have been wondering, how much trash in a landfill is actually the garbage bags we use to throw the trash out?
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Re: Impact of trash bags
From: qed100-ga on 25 Apr 2006 07:07 PDT
That's an interesting question. But you can get a rough, intuitive idea by observing your own garbage bags. An unfilled bag is rather low in mass & volume compared to when it is filled with refuse. The bags' contribution to landfills by those parameters is probably less than 1%. Their contribution to the *dynamics* of the landfill, on the other hand, may be very significant. The various materials trapped within may be subject to very slow decomposition. There may be recognisable cake leftovers from my 16th birthday in there.
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