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?”
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.