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Even More Food Scraps! Oh the Horror!

even more food scraps

Even more food scraps!

OK, I promise- last one (for now).

This photo reminds me of one of those Old Tyme Buffet places… it could almost pass as a sloppily organized buffet table shot.

But no, it’s all food that never made it to consumption…

Off to the mountain of dirt, flesh, chlorophyll and cellulose it goes, to be cooked courtesy of the thermophiles down into that critical stuff we need to grow more things to eat.

Food Scraps- Are They Really That Gross?

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Today’s compost toter full of wasted food looks like a nice mix of noodles, tomatoes, chicken fingers and french fries.

Looking at photos like this (or inside compost toters in real life) normally elicits an “ewwwww” or similar.

Is it really, though?

If I put any of this on a plate in nice little portions, you’d probably eat it.

This leads to my main point: Where is the away place where stuff gets thrown?  What’s the difference between materials that are in your hand five seconds prior before they land in a plastic bag in a container labeled “trash” or otherwise?

I look at this and think, “I’m glad this is going to get turned back into fertile soil soon”.

Close the loop, and learn to embrace it.  It’s our only hope.

Organics Dumpster

Organics dumpster

I was just thinking about Vancouver again… check out this stylish dumpster!

Unfortunately every time I saw one of these it was locked shut and I couldn’t pick them open.

I guess if the compliance is good, this thing would either start cooking or get really anaerobic due to lack of air circulation.

Either way, what a unique dumpster!  I hope to see more compost collection systems in place sooner rather than later.

Vancouver compost toter- clear as mud or info overload?

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I was in Vancouver recently and I had a blast… what an awesome place.

So far it’s a tie between them and Cape Town for the best designs and convenience for the disposer.

Therefore, I’m going to start with the “ugliest” toter I found, which happens to be info overload.

However- info is good… or is it?

For some this is a huge deterrent and results in “oh screw it, just throw it all in”, while for others it will result in laser-focused compliant disposal.

I’m definitely in the latter group, and this lid label really lays it out for me.

The usual questions come to mind- how old is this label?  Is this the current message from the company?  Plenty of paper products have plastic liners in them, and plenty of tea bags are now plastic too!

Contamination will never be zero unfortunately, but the effort on here is extensive.

One other thing- why no cotton balls?