non·​bio·​de·​grad·​able | \ ˌnän-ˌbī-(ˌ)ō-di-ˈgrā-də-bəl How to pronounce nonbiodegradable (audio) \

Definition of nonbiodegradable

: not capable of being broken down by the action of living organisms : not biodegradable nonbiodegradable packaging

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The Sierra Club hopes Newport Beach restaurants will cut their use of single-use plastic utensils and food and drink containers to help keep the nonbiodegradable items out of the ocean. Hillary Davis,, "Environmentalists seek less plastic use by restaurants in Newport," 9 June 2018 There are no nationwide restrictions on the use of plastic bags in the United States, though states like California and Hawaii ban nonbiodegradable bags. Kimiko De Freytas-tamura, New York Times, "In Kenya, Selling or Importing Plastic Bags Will Cost You $19,000 — or Jail," 28 Aug. 2017 Glitter, for the most part, is made up of tiny bits of shimmering, nonbiodegradable plastic that are bad for your skin and bad for the environment. Bailey Loosemore, The Courier-Journal, "Forecastle doesn't want you to bring glitter - but not for the reasons you might think," 3 July 2017

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First Known Use of nonbiodegradable

1963, in the meaning defined above

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