WONDER #2281: How Long Does It Take Plastic To Decompose?

Question 1 of 3

Many sources estimate it takes how long for plastic to decompose?

  1. 2-3 months
  2. 5-6 years
  3. 500-1,000 years
  4. 1,000,000 years

Question 2 of 3

Which of the following would take the longest to decompose in a landfill?

  1. banana peel
  2. piece of bread
  3. paper bag
  4. glass bottle

Question 3 of 3

Which type of decomposition occurs as a result of exposure to sunlight?

  1. biodegradation
  2. photodegradation
  3. lumiodegradation
  4. fierodegradation

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