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

Examples of nonbiodegradable in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In August, Queen Anne’s County became the first county in Maryland to ban the intentional release of nonbiodegradable balloons. USA TODAY, "Rock slides wreak havoc, close encounters with great white shark, gray whale: News from around our 50 states," 14 Feb. 2020 The most exciting work in this area focuses on nonbiodegradable plastics such as polyethylene terephthalate (PET), which Coca-Cola uses in its PlantBottle. Wade Roush, Scientific American, "Wait, Plastic Can Be Good for the Environment?," 19 Dec. 2019 If the world fully converted to nonbiodegradable bioplastics starting in 2020, the carbon sequestered over the next 30 years could amount to more than 10 gigatons—which would be a good start. Wade Roush, Scientific American, "Wait, Plastic Can Be Good for the Environment?," 19 Dec. 2019 Burger King plans to eliminate nonbiodegradable toys from all its restaurants worldwide by 2025., "In the climactic scene of “Toy Story 3,” Woody, Buzz Lightyear, and the rest of the crew narrowly escape death when a remote-controlled claw lifts them from an incinerator just before flames engulf them.," 21 Nov. 2019 The Queen Anne’s Conservation Association’s executive director, Jay Falstad, says creatures often mistake nonbiodegradable balloons as food or get fatally trapped and wounded by balloon ribbons. USA TODAY, "Penal farm to produce farm, music under the sea: News from around our 50 states," 16 July 2019 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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1963, in the meaning defined above

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“Nonbiodegradable.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Mar. 2021.

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