Does the rubber in condoms break down in landfills?



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    Yes, eventually the rubber in condoms will break down in landfills. As to how long that would take, no one really knows for sure–no studies have been done on it. Some are more biodegradable than others. Lambskin condoms, for example, break down faster than latex. The chemicals added to rubber condoms to increase strength and ability to withstand friction tend to slow down the process as well. It’s recommended that you bury used condoms in compost to aid in biodegradability because that provide better conditions for breakdown than a landfill.

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