It is unknown how long it takes a plastic bag to decompose. It could take anywhere from a decade to a thousand years. Plastic bags photodegrade, which means they need sunlight in order to break down. However, most modern landfills are covered, blocking sunlight, so plastic bags in landfills may never photodegrade at all. This is why recycling plastic bags is so important. Through my research on recycling at Kent State University, I discovered that not only is there a lack of a system for recycling plastic bags, but that
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