(limited by lack of city composting program or a composter at my apartment building):
throwing apple cores into the bushes.
hoping that bugs and little creatures will break it down.
and if on campus:
also hoping that janitors don’t pick it up, place it into a thick plastic bag, to be thrown into landfill.
don’t tell me I’m littering.
gdmit, california! america!
I hate it when I see so much that can be composted be thrown in the trash. But then, really, there’s no other option right now in the majority of cities! (Unless you start your own little compost thing in your backyard, or have one of those fancy composters.)
In Berlin, though (where I studied abroad for half a year), the recycling and composting programs are superb. There’s a container for “biogut” (organic goods)—compostables, and 4 different containers for recyclables—”buntglas” (dark/coloured glass), clear glass, plastics, and paper. These extra containers do a great job of minimizing actual waste. (and tell me why it’s assumed americans are so lazy and/or stupid to not know how to separate glass from paper from plastic, from food waste and compostables)
Think of all the food waste! From restaurants to your coffee beans everyday!
re: the cost of Los Angeles’ new bright green bike lane on Spring Street.
“Bicycle lanes generally cost between $50,000 to $100,000 per mile; Fremaux estimated that the green paint added $50,000.”