Banana Peel Problem
Sometimes parents do not know better. I am trying to conduct my “closed loop” experiment at home, but it is not going very well. I tried to start off by setting up a composting system. My parents have a HUGE backyard and vegetable garden so I thought it would work perfectly. However, on the second day I was home I went outside to throw a banana peel on the grass and my mom yelled at me! She said I should throw it in the trash instead. I tried to explain that biodegradable and generally non bacteria growing food waste does not belong in the garbage….but her response was that the banana peel will attract deer and racoons to our house. She is kind of correct though.. I never thought about all the wild animals that live in my area. But where will I throw my banana peels? Maybe I can take her to Home Depot with me and convince her to invest in a composting barrel with me. Maybe the animals wont go for the barrel? BUT at the same time, what is so wrong with these animals eating our leftover food waste? It is the ultimate, most efficient way to use the food waste. Sigh. Other than that, my parents are very good at recycling paper, plastic, and glass goods. I will have to work on convincing tactics… any suggestions?
I feel like its a CRIME everytime food waste gets mixed in with trash. It isn’t trash!! It can be used to supplement the earth, not landfills. I also had this argument with my boyfriend who I think just purposely instigates me to see how heated up i’ll get. Ugh. Compost people. It is important.
PS- I still throw the banana peels into the front yard, maybe thats why my moms flowers always get eaten. (Sorry Mom! I know you read this too…)