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When a plant, animal or insect dies it breaks into tiny pieces and eventually, these small pieces become part of the soil. This process is known as decomposition.
It is a process to break down (organic matter) or to be broken down physically and chemically by bacterial or fungal action. The process is a part of the nutrient cycle and is essential for recycling the finite matter that occupies physical space in the biosphere.
The substance that should be disposed or the waste that we produce can be separated into two categories: Biodegradable and Non-Biodegradable. Biodegradable is easy to decompose but non-biodegradable is a lot more difficult.
Organisms that do this are known as decomposers. The decomposers are bacteria, fungi, and some worms which break down dead plants, animals, and insects. A dead body is actually part of its own ecosystem. Decomposition starts minutes after the death of a living organism, with a process named autolysis, or self-digestion.
How long does it take to decompose? Different sources have different information on actual time various waste items take in landfills to decompose.

Paper Towel - 2-4 weeks 
Banana Peel - 3-4 weeks 
Paper Bag - 1 month 
Newspaper - 1.5 months
Apple Core - 2 months 
Cardboard - 2 months 
Cotton Glove - 3 months
Orange peels - 6 months
Plywood - 1-3 years 
Wool Sock - 1-5 years
Milk Cartons - 5 years
Cigarette Butts - 10-12 years
Leather shoes - 25-40 years 
Tinned Steel Can - 50 years 
Foamed Plastic Cups - 50 years
Rubber-Boot Sole - 50-80 years
Plastic containers - 50-80 years
Aluminium Can - 200-500 years
Plastic Bottles - 450 years 
Disposable Diapers - 550 years
Monofilament Fishing Line - 600 years
Plastic Bags - 200-1000 years

Plastic products are very common in our modern life Plastic waste is one of many types of wastes that take too long to decompose. Normally, plastic items can take up to 1000 years to decompose in landfills. But plastic bags we use in our everyday life take 10-1000 years to decompose, while plastic bottles can take 450 years or more.
The increasing waste volume is a major concern for mankind. The best way to deal with this problem is avoiding products that generate waste materials that take more than a year to decompose in landfills through a proactive design for recycling.
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