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Explain the Difference. Degradable and Non-degradable Waste - Science and Technology

Distinguish Between

Explain the difference.

Degradable and non-degradable waste 

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Biodegradable waste

Non-biodegradable waste


Biodegradable waste can be degraded or broken down into simpler, harmless substances by living organisms.


Non-biodegradable waste cannot be degraded or broken down into simpler substances by living organisms.


Breakdown of these wastes enriches the soil such as plant and animal wastes. Therefore, such wastes are beneficial for the soil.


They do not break down and cause soil pollution. For e.g. plastics, glass, etc. Such wastes are harmful for the soil.

Concept: Need for Solid Waste Management
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Balbharati Science and Technology 9th Standard Maharashtra State Board
Chapter 9 Environmental Management
Exercise | Q 7.2 | Page 107
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