In a landfill, do bioplastics degrade any quicker than petroleum-derived plastics?



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    Not necessarily.  Bioplastics are designed to be composted in a commercial composting facility, where the high temperatures required for biodegradation can be reached between 90-180 days.  In a landfill, the bioplastics are unlikely to reach these high temperatures.

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    Bioplastics require specific environmental conditions like sufficient oxygen and moisture. Many times the correct conditions are not met in a landfill, thus what might be considered biodegradable might actually take just as long to break down as something that is non-biodegradable. 

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