Waste Not, Want Not?: a deep dive into the wonderful, wacky world of organic waste disposal

My husband paused halfway between the trashcan and kitchen sink, clutching an apple core. “Tell me again what I do with this?”

“Compost.” I pointed to the green compost bin, courtesy of our new trash haulers, Earthbound Environmental Solutions.

He paused. “Why is that better than the garbage disposal?”

“Climate change.”

He paused. He pauses a lot, which I take to mean he is thinking furiously. “Why?”

Now it was my turn to pause. I didn’t know.

“I don’t know,” I said, adopting a steely gaze and donning my super researcher cape. Had I reading glasses, I would have equipped them dramatically. He rolled his eyes, which I took to mean he was cheering internally like a kid at the space shuttle launch. “But I’m going to find out.”

This Epic Journey of Discovery led me to places I never thought to visit (e.g., the wastewater treatment plant) and questions I never thought to Google (e.g., why are farts flammable?) as I investigated the three most common options for apple core disposal in Eau Claire: landfill, garbage disposal, and compost.

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