Littering: Biodegradable vs. Non-biodegradable

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    Sep 04, 2009 5:25 PM GMT
    I was walking to the train today eating a banana and when I was finished, I threw the peel into a garden with bushes by a gas station. A woman behind said, "You dropped something." She seemed to say it in a way to make me aware that I was littering.

    I'm not quite sure about this because I grew up with my dad always throwing away peels and apple cores and other biodegradable stuff into our garden and other places with soil so I'm used to it. She sort of caught me off guard and I said, "No, I didn't drop anything. It's biodegradable." She proceeded to give me a disappointed look.

    I understand that maybe throwing a plastic bag or other non-biodegradable garbage on the street or in a garden or anywhere would be harmful to the environment. So, am I wrong to have thrown that banana peel by that bush?

    Let me know guys! Thanks!
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    Sep 04, 2009 5:55 PM GMT
    It's a garden, not a mulch pit. Throw it away in the trash can and let it biodegrade in the landfill.

    Can you imagine if other people threw their food waste in the garden? It would stink the place up, and it would be an eye sore.
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    Sep 04, 2009 6:04 PM GMT
    Never thought of it that way. Thanks!
  • Anto

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    Sep 04, 2009 8:41 PM GMT
    Yeah, even though it can decompose it's still an eye sore and like the other poster said, if everyone did it imagine how it could pile up! Banana peels take a while to disappear too, unless an animal takes it away. Also, it might be bad to attract animals or insects there too or in other places, like to the side of roads where they can get hit for it or cause wrecks.
  • Celticmusl

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    Sep 04, 2009 8:47 PM GMT
    I think it is ok as long as it is not in visual sight, honestly it is probably good for a garden.
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    Sep 04, 2009 9:03 PM GMT
    My dad always kept peels and unused fruit and vegetable parts and threw them in the garden so I guess that stuck with me until now lol. He never threw them into the garbage also because they would smell. He used to tell me that they were good for the garden like food for the soil, worms and other soil creatures lol. But yeah, I can understand the eye sore situation and if everyone threw their peels in piles, it would get pretty nasty. That's why I throw them in a spot where there are none.. jk! lol
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    Sep 04, 2009 9:18 PM GMT
    one time i when i parked my car for school i left a banana peel right at my car door in the parking lot to see how fast it decomposes. now, phoenix gets quite hot and very dry. when i got back to my car, about 8 hours later it was shriveled up and crunchy. it was probably dust by the end of the day. anyways, to keep the city clean it should still be thrown in the trash.
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    Sep 04, 2009 9:32 PM GMT
    Lol. That happened here during the heat wave this summer.
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    Sep 04, 2009 9:32 PM GMT
    Please let the gardener (or the Parks crew) decide what to put in and on the garden. My mom would bury all vegetable waste in her garden, did make good soil.

    Anyhow, if somebody threw a banana peel fro a car they would most likely geat a ticket for littering. Thanks for asking the question, you're a good guy!
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    Sep 04, 2009 9:52 PM GMT
    If you threw the peel in a hidden area and it was completely biodegradable, I'd say you were more right than wrong.

    It's ironic that you'd be considered a better citizen if you placed your banana peel in a plastic bag (which takes 1000 years to decompose) and trucked it to a landfill (with no trees, to benefit from the mulch), emitting pollution all along the way.

    Then she would have smiled. We live in a crazy time.




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    Sep 04, 2009 11:22 PM GMT
    My sister used to leave her banana peels around the lawn.

    As they rot, they smell like dog shit mixed with banana.

    I still can't eat banana and few things make me angrier than when someone puts banana on a pavlova! Bleah!

    I know you've already learnt this lesson by the time my post gets read, but really, you may well be destroying one of the best snack foods on the planet by not disposing of your banana peel properly.
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    Sep 04, 2009 11:26 PM GMT
    makeumyne saidyou may well be destroying one of the best snack foods on the planet by not disposing of your banana peel properly.


    What do you mean by that?
  • jrs1

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    Sep 04, 2009 11:37 PM GMT
    xrichx saidIt's a garden, not a mulch pit. Throw it away in the trash can and let it biodegrade in the landfill.

    Can you imagine if other people threw their food waste in the garden? It would stink the place up, and it would be an eye sore.


    Not to be lazy, but this essentially sums it up.