Is Bio-Degradation of Plastics Really a Good Thing?

According to conventional wisdom (as expressed in 'Seriously,Science?' at discovermagazine.com):

We all know that plastic is generally terrible for the environment because it doesn’t biodegrade, and just sits in landfills.

But why is having carbon locked up in relatively small known locations (rather than oxidized and maybe even methanized into the atmosphere and/or distributed widely in micro-particles of unknown toxicity) to be considered as "generally terrible for the environment"?

Source: These plastic-eating worms could be the solution to pollution.

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