if you put compost in the garbage, will it not break down at the landfill?

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if you put compost in the garbage, will it not break down at the landfill?

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Not much at all breaks down in landfills. They’re basically packed in air tight, no water is allowed in, no airflow. They’re sealed to keep anything from escaping into the environment and that means minimal decomposition.

It can, but due to the nature of a landfill the process will be slower and when it is complete it may cause that area of the landfill to subside a bit.

Compost needs air and water in order to break down. In a landfill, it will usually be packed to tightly and deeply in order to for the necessary reactions to occur. It also might be contaminated by substances that can kill the microorganisms involved in the break down reactions.

Not only does it take a lot longer to decompose, it also fills the landfill.

The problem with trash that doesnt decompose is that it takes up space. If you dont fill that space with things that done need to be there, or that is actually useful, it’s just taking up the limited storage space you have to hide the trash you cant get rid of.