Once when I was in university, a friend of a friend of mine ran an experiment. He took a slice of processed cheese, unwrapped it from its little plastic sheath, and threw it out on his deck. Then he left it alone to suffer through wind, rain, and animal attacks.
Four months later, the slice was still there. It was a little dried out, but otherwise as pure and orange and gelatinous as the day it was unwrapped. No mold, no animal bites, no rot of any kind.
Scary, no? Reminds me of the scene in Super Size Me (actually, I believe this was in the supporting stuff on the DVD) where the guy took some McD’s french fries and put them in a glass jar and, weeks later, they were as golden and clean as the day they were fried. YIKERS.
This comes to mind because the other day I was cleaning up some food to scrape into our compost bin, and I was wondering if, given the above experiments, it was actually okay to put cheese slices and McDonald’s french fries into your green bin. Would the power of the composting plant be able to break them down? Or would their plastic nature mean they fit in better with the blue bin stuff?
Which of the following so-called foods are real enough to actually qualify for green bin status?
- hard candies, like jellybeans, skittles, or candy canes
- chocolate syrup
- artificial cheese slices
- bubble gum
- fruit roll-ups
- cereals such as Lucky Charms and Cocoa Puffs
- unpopped kernels from microwave popcorn
- large pits, like those from avocados and peaches
- McDonald’s french fries
- Oreo cookies
Your guess is as good as mine!