It all started back after my first year at Eagle Cove School. I spent that year training my students what goes in paper recycling, what goes in co-mingled recycling, and what goes into composting. .As a Maryland "Green" School--that's what you do. That's what we did. You educated the youth--that younger population. With all of that (plus the extras like juice pouches that we upcycled with Terracycle), there wasn't much left for any kind in our class of "real trash." I came home that summer, making salads galore, intent to live a healthy lifestyle of good food choices, and I was struck with a bit of an ethical/environmental dilemma. I've composted at school--what the heck do I do with that green pepper innard? I found myself incapable of throwing away "garbage" that was no longer garbage. It was now compost. Hence, "the dreaded Dabrowka bucket" (as it became known as at ECS) was born.
So.... what the heck do I do now? I think I am at that proverbial crossroads called "fish or cut bait." To compost or not to compost--that is the question. In the interim, 6 years of habits die hard. I have a very full compost bucket of 2 weeks' worth of food waste. My 5-pound bucket keeps moving a little further on our patio, away from our back door. Flies are hovering, wanting desperately to get in. So I either need to go back to the idea of dumping food waste in our trash, leading to the dumping of post-dated leftovers in the landfill....or, I need to come up with a backyard composting plan. Moving toward methane-production in the landfill isn't making this girl happy. I'm starting to survey Amazon.com to see what might be worth the purchase. No definitive decisions yet. However, if you are an individual that holds some inside info on this subject, I'd be glad to learn more--so send forth any die-hard details & good ideas in the composting department!!
Until then, I am "mushing" food deeper into my 5-gallon compost bucket, making room for more & more....thinking longingly of Eagle Cove's School's Fort Knox composting heap while I try to figure out where to go from here.
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