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biodegradable





Nontoxic and capable of being decomposed rapidly by the action of microorganisms under natural conditions (aerobic and/or anaerobic). The end result of decay is stable, simple compounds (such as water and carbon dioxide). Most organic materials, such as food scraps and paper are biodegradable. See also biodegradable waste.


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