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How Many Years do Plastic Bags Take to Decompose?

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Plastic bags have only been around for about 50 years, so there’s no firsthand evidence of their decomposition rate, but the time to degrade a traditional plastic bag represents an estimate anything between 100 and 500 years to dissolve.

Basically, Plastic shopping bags are made of polyethylene, a man-made polymer that microorganisms don’t recognize as food. It is a polymer consisting of long chains of the monomer ethylene (IUPAC name ethene).