non-biodegradable

biodegradable

[bahy-oh-di-grey-duh-buhl]
adjective
capable of decaying through the action of living organisms: biodegradable paper; biodegradable detergent.

Origin:
1960–65; bio- + degrade + -able

biodegradability, noun
nonbiodegradable, adjective
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biodegradable (ˌbaɪəʊdɪˈɡreɪdəbəl)
 
adj
(of sewage constituents, packaging material, etc) capable of being decomposed by bacteria or other biological means
 
biodegradation
 
n
 
biodegradability
 
n

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biodegradable
1960, from bio- + degrade + -able.
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biodegradable bi·o·de·grad·a·ble (bī'ō-dĭ-grā'də-bəl)
adj.
Capable of being decomposed by biological agents, especially bacteria.

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biodegradable   (bī'ō-dĭ-grā'də-bəl)  Pronunciation Key 
Capable of being decomposed by the action of biological agents, especially bacteria.
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biodegradable [(beye-oh-di-gray-duh-buhl)]

Material that, left to itself, will be decomposed by natural processes.

Note: The use of biodegradable packaging is supposed to reduce the volume of waste in landfills.
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