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(adjective) a material that can be put into the earth, and it will rot or decay to become part of the natural cycles of biology.
A contingency is something that may happen in the future - probably something bad, which you should plan for.
in legal English "substantive" means a question that is about how people or organisations must behave. It is different from "procedural" law, which governs how the legal system itself works - how to make laws and use them.