RECYCLING MYTH #6: Material placed in a landfill will decompose.

Landfills are designed so that little oxygen or moisture flows through- two essential components of decomposition. Landfills are not meant to break down trash, but rather to bury it. This design helps prevent decomposing materials from contaminating groundwater. Thus recycling creates more space in landfills and lessens the chance of trash leeching into our soil and water.

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