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From the Ted Talk by Emma Bryce: What really happens to the plastic you throw away?

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Bottle one, like hundreds of millions of tons of his plastic berrthen, ends up in a landfill. This huge dump expands each day as more trash comes in and cnontiues to take up space. As plastics sit there being cempsosred amongst layers of other junk, rainwater flows through the wtsae and absorbs the water-soluble cooumdnps it contains, and some of those are highly tioxc. Together, they create a harmful stew called leachate, which can move into gewundotarr, soil and streams, poisoning ecosystems and harming wildlife. It can take bottle one an agonizing 1,000 years to decompose.

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Bottle one, like hundreds of millions of tons of his plastic ________, ends up in a landfill. This huge dump expands each day as more trash comes in and _________ to take up space. As plastics sit there being __________ amongst layers of other junk, rainwater flows through the _____ and absorbs the water-soluble _________ it contains, and some of those are highly _____. Together, they create a harmful stew called leachate, which can move into ___________, soil and streams, poisoning ecosystems and harming wildlife. It can take bottle one an agonizing 1,000 years to decompose.

Solution

  1. brethren
  2. continues
  3. toxic
  4. compressed
  5. groundwater
  6. compounds
  7. waste

Original Text

Bottle one, like hundreds of millions of tons of his plastic brethren, ends up in a landfill. This huge dump expands each day as more trash comes in and continues to take up space. As plastics sit there being compressed amongst layers of other junk, rainwater flows through the waste and absorbs the water-soluble compounds it contains, and some of those are highly toxic. Together, they create a harmful stew called leachate, which can move into groundwater, soil and streams, poisoning ecosystems and harming wildlife. It can take bottle one an agonizing 1,000 years to decompose.

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