To manufacture disposable diapers for American babies alone, it takes 80,000 pounds of plastic and over 200,000 trees a year. Each year, an estimated roughly 5 million tons of untreated waste and a total of 2 billion tons of urine, feces, plastic and paper are added to landfills. Some diapers claim to be biodegradable, however, for decomposition requires sunlight and oxygen. This is highly unlikely, and diapers can take up to several hundred years to decompose (some plastic materials never break down). There is also a large potential for water contamination from landfill waste.
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