Fleece is a synthetic fabric, made from polyethylene terephthalate (PET), so it can be argued that because it’s man-made it might be harder to biodegrade. However, fleece can made from recycled plastic (eco-fleece seems to be on the rise in the markets), In addition, many people also see fleece as a good vegan alternative to wool, and many people also see fleece as a good vegan alternative to wool. A TIME article recommends recycling fleece to help the environment: http://www.time.com/time/specials/2007/article/0,28804,1602354_1603074_1603134,00.html
Not only can fleece be made from recycled materials, it can also be recycled itself. The clothing company Patagonia recycles old fleece, among other materials, into new garments through its Common Threads recycling program.
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