Dig day

Decomposition Dig!

  • Problem

    Problem
    How much will each item decompose?
  • Hypothsis

    Hypothsis
    I believe the Sun Chips bag will decompose the most.
    1. Sun chips bag- 99%
    2. Apple- 90%
    3. Paper- 86%
    4. Orange- 80%
    5. Regular chips bag- 75%
    6. Foil- 67%
    7. Stryaphome- 50%
    8. Cotton Fabric- 46%
  • Materials and Equipment

    Materials and Equipment
    Our materials that we used were the apple, paper, cotton fabric, regular chips bag, Sun Chips bag, aluminum foil, and styrofoam. To bury the items we used a shovel, Caution tape, and wooden stakes to label each item.
  • Procedures

    Procedures
    Here are the steps that we took:
    1. We set up warning tape so people would know its a science experiment
    2. We dug 8 holes with labeled wooden stakes so we knew where everything was.
    3. We buried each item in the correct holes.
    4. We put the dirt back over the holes.
  • Period: to

    Decomp Dig

  • Dig Day

    Dig Day
    Today we buried styrofoam, aluminum foil, Sun Chips bag, regular chips bag, apple, paper, cotton, and an orange. We put stakes in the ground so we would know where we buried each item, Then we got Do Not Cross tape to mark off the area so no one would mess with the experiment . In about eight weeks we will go and dig them up to see how much each item has decomposed.
  • Weather Data for January 6th, 7th, and 8th

    Weather Data for January 6th, 7th, and 8th
    Temperatures went from twenty-six degrees fahrenheit to sixty- one degrees fahrenhiet. The wind chill went fromeight degrees fahrenhiet to thirty-six degrees fahrienhiet. The wind speed went from eight miles per hour to thirty miles per hour.
  • Styrofoam

    Styrofoam
    Styrofoam is mostly uneconomical to recycle or otherwise process environmentally unless in massive quantities, and can be lethal to any bird or sea creature that swallows significant quantities.
    Finding ways to recycle styrofoam at home, without waiting for "the government" to come up with a solution, is practical and possibly necessary for the health of the biosphere.
  • Weather data for the week of Jan. 9th- Jan. 15th

    Weather data for the week of Jan. 9th- Jan. 15th
    The temperature varied from 15 degrees to 34 degrees. The wind speed went from blowing 4 miles per hour to 29 miles per hour. The wind chill dropped down to 4 degrees and up to 29 degrees.
  • Aluminum Foil

    Aluminum Foil
    Some aluminium foil products can be recycled at around 5% of the original energy cost, although many aluminium laminates are not recycled due to difficulties in separating the components and low yield of aluminium metal.Aluminum's highly recyclable. Recycled aluminum foil uses 95% less energy to produce than foil made from virgin aluminum.
  • Weather data for the week of Jan. 16th- Jan. 22nd

    Weather data for the week of Jan. 16th- Jan. 22nd
    The temperasture varied from 16 degrees to 43 degrees. The wind speed blew from 5 miles per hour to 21 miles per hour. The wimd chill dropped down to 9 degrees then rose up to 27 degrees.
  • Weather data for week of Jan. 23rd- Jan. 29th

    Weather data for week of Jan. 23rd- Jan. 29th
    The temperature averaged at about 40 degrees. The winds speed stayed low aaround 9 miles per hour. the wind chilll was around 30 degrees.
  • Sun Chips Bag

    Sun Chips Bag
    In April 2009, Frito Lay introduced compostable packaging for the SunChips product line. It is the first 100% compostable chip bag. The bag is made of plant-based material. It will break down within 14 weeks in a hot, active compost pile.
    In October 2010, Frito Lay stated that the compostable package will be pulled back in the United States. The bag created excessive noise, which prompted Facebook groups and complaints. Sun Chips bags biodegate so you don't need to recycle them.
  • Regular Chips Bag

    Regular Chips Bag
    A regular chips bag usually takes about 12-16 weeks to decompose. You can cleaan out your empty chips bag and put new fresh food in it as a cover.
  • Weather data for week of Jan. 30th- Feb, 5th

    Weather data for week of Jan. 30th-  Feb, 5th
    The temperature went from 4 degrees to 52 degrees. The wind speed went from 4 mph to 31 mph. The wind chill was about 43 degrees. On Febuary 4th we recieved 1.20 inches of snow.
  • Apple

    Apple
    It takes an apple about 3 weeks to decompose. After you eat an apple you can throw the core into a garden or flower bed and it will help to be a soil conditioner.
  • Weather Data fo Week of Feb. 6th- Feb. 12th

    Weather Data fo Week of Feb. 6th- Feb. 12th
    The temperature went from -5 degrees to 62 degrees. The wind speed varied from 5 to 19 mph. The wind chill went from 13 degrees to 39 degrees. On Febuary 9th we recieved 5. 90 inches of snow that stayed on the groung for the rest of the week.
  • Paper

    Paper
    Paper in a warm moist landfill will decompose in 2 or 3 weeks. If it is cooler and drier, then it will take longer. Paper will survive in a very dry climate for many hundreds of years (people find old newspapers in the walls of their houses).
    Stronger paper, like cartridge paper and board will take longer.
    There are many ways to reuse paper. You can reprint it, allow your kids to color on it, make cat litter, stuff pillows, and many more,
  • Weather Data for Week of Feb. 13th- Feb. 19th

    Weather Data for Week of Feb. 13th- Feb. 19th
    The temperatured reached 80 degrees and dropped down to 32 degrees. the wind speed varied from 8 to 16 mph. The wind chill went from 50 to 69 degrees.
  • Cotton

    Cotton
    It takes about 5 monthes for fabric to decompose. To reuse your old t-shirts you can make a bag, a quilt, or a pillow case.
  • Weather Data for Week of Feb. 20th- Feb. 26th

    Weather Data for Week of Feb. 20th- Feb. 26th
    The temperature varied from 26 to 73 degrees. The wind speed went from 9 to 18 mph. The wind chill went down to 33 degrees and reached 67 degrees. On Febuary 24th we had rain and thinderstorms,
  • Orange

    Orange
    It takes an orange about 2-5 weeks to decompose, After peeling and eating your orange you can throw the peel into a garden or flower bed and it will help to be a soil conditioner,
  • Weather Data for week of Feb. 27- Mar. 6th

    Weather Data for week of Feb. 27- Mar. 6th
    The temperature went down to 27 degrees and reached 80 degrees. The wind speed went from 9 to 18 mph. The wind chill varied from 39 to 62 degrees. On Febuary 28th we had rain.
  • Decomposing Conditions

    Decomposing Conditions
  • Conclusion- Styrfoam

    Conclusion- Styrfoam
    We unburied the styrfoam cup on March 7th. It didn't decompose but it broke into pieces.
  • Conclusion- Aluminum Foil

    Conclusion- Aluminum Foil
    We unburied the Aluminum Foil on March 7th. It didn't decompose at all and was still in one peice when we unburied it.
  • Conclusion- Sun Chips Bag

    Conclusion- Sun Chips Bag
    We unburied the Sun Chips Bag on March 7th. It didn't decompose but a little peice came off. The advertisements say it will decompose completly in 13 weeks. We had it buried for about 9 weeks so maybe it needed a little more time.
  • Conclusion- Regular Chips Bag

    Conclusion- Regular Chips Bag
    We unburied the Regular Sun Chips Bag on March 7th. It didn't decompose at all.
  • Conclusion- Apple

    Conclusion- Apple
    We unburied the apple on March 7th. The apple was in the cycle of decomposing. It was at about 40%
  • Conclusion- Paper

    Conclusion- Paper
    We unburied the paper on March 8th. The paper decomposed the most out of all the items. In my opinion the paper decomposed about 86%.
  • Conclusion- Cotton

    Conclusion-  Cotton
    We unburied the cotton on March 7th. It didn't decompose at all.
  • Conclusion- Orange

    Conclusion- Orange
    We unburied the orange on March 7th. The orange was in the cycle of decomposing. It was at about 40%