Why does it take so long for Styrofoam to break down in landfills?



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    Styrofoam never breaks down in landfills. Styrofoam is a petroleum based product, and therefore nothing in the environment wants to munch on it so that it can break down, or biodegrade. Things that are put into landfills that are biodegradable are cellulose based products, and organisms will eat the product to break it down. To be biodegradable, a product is either formed from an organic material (animal or plant based) or from something similar enough that microorganisms will dig it.
    Bottom line: Styrofoam is enduring, everlasting, eternal–once put in a landfill, it won’t be going anywhere good.

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