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why does it take so long for orange peel to decompose?
It depends on the temperature, humidity, local species of microorganisms and insects (much "decomposition" is actually feeding by insects), and type of fruit skin. [ Under the practically ideal conditions of my compost pile in summer, in less than a fortnight most fruit skins and vegetable peelings generally are no longer recognisable as different from soil, and may be totally gone. People
claim that orange peel takes about 6 months to break down in compost, due to the high concentration of anti-fungal oils. I don't know about that, as I've never tried to compost orange peel, but I can confirm that if kept dry, it lasts for years. ]
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why does it take a orange peel forever to biodegrade?
Weegy: A "biodegradable" product has the ability to break down, safely and relatively quickly, by biological means, into the raw materials of nature and disappear into the environment. [ These products can be solids biodegrading into the soil (which we also refer to as compostable), or liquids biodegrading into water. Biodegradable plastic is intended to break up when exposed to microorganisms (a natural ingredient such as cornstarch or vegetable oil is added to achieve this result). Sustainable disposal of any product requires that its wastes return to the earth and are able to biodegrade. Nature biodegrades everything it makes back into basic building blocks, so that new living things can be made from the old. Every resource made by nature returns to nature-plants and animals biodegrade, even raw crude oil will degrade when exposed to water, air, and the necessary salts. Nature has perfected this system-we just need to learn how to participate in it. ] (More)
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