- So what’s the STW banana skin view?
Throwing a banana skin into a hedge which divides a farmers field from a road isn’t going to do much harm. It won’t grow into a banana tree and any diseases it carries aren’t going to affect the local banana industry. It looks very slightly minging for a couple of years but isn’t the ecological disaster that the road and the farmers’ fields are.
On a mountainside is more offensive, though you’d need an awful lot of banana skins to change the pH of the mountainside, whereas your bike will do much more harm.
Even so, are you a total slob, or what?Posted 4 months agoscotroutesMember
Not at all. We are quite a few posts in and so far no-one has been able to tell me what actual damage or harm happens as a result of my actions.
Try rolling them up and sticking them in your ears because you are plainly nor interested in hearing any of the arguments against you just littering.Posted 4 months ago
If you can be bothered to take a banana skin off the mountain, just don’t take it with you, eat it in the car before you go.
Some fruits have wax sprayed on the skin to give a longer shelf life. The wax prevents them rotting away quickly.
Isn’t this also a major problem on the walk to everest base camp?Posted 4 months ago
What is the consensus on what should be done with the banana skin once it’s taken home?
I’ve this thing called a compost heap.
Helpful as ever, our council also collect compost materials and hot compost the lot a few miles from my house.
I can then collect the soil created, should I wish, a few weeks later.
I’m also of the view that you don’t throw a skin anywhere – forest, field, hill. I’ve even started taking my coffee grounds home, for many years I dug and dumped them.
The only thing I leave now is pee and poop.Posted 4 months agojohnnystormSubscriber
Food waste collection is a thing of the past around here, nice while it lasted. Have to pay extra to have garden waste recycled and you mustn’t mix the two.
Chap at work leaves a bucket in each of the welfare rooms so he can collect up the banana skins for his allotment.Posted 4 months agowobbliscottMember
I used to discard them but don’t anymore. They do take longer to decompose. I once found a banana skin in the bottom of a bag that had been there for a good couple of years. It still hasn’t decomposed. It was black and shrivelled but still there. I’m not sure what they’re made of but not so sure they benefit the environment all that much. Nothing eats them. The things don’t even burn on the BBQ so clearly built to withstand all nature can throw at it. I still chuck apple cores away, they decompose a lot quicker. However for a while now on the bike i’ve switched to dried banana chips and dried mango. Very tasty, better form factor for fitting in your pocket. Doesn’t go all mushy if it’s hot and stuffed in there with other stuff and more convenient to eat on the move. And no skin to deal with.Posted 4 months agoslowoldmanSubscriber
Just to come back with my view – I’m very much in the “leave nothing but footprints” camp. I can’t abide any sort of litter, decomposable or not. It’s unsightly and unnecessary and at worse presents the view to others that it’s OK to dump stuff you can’t be bothered to carry back down the hill even though you were prepared to carry something heavier uo it.Posted 4 months agojimmySubscriber
On the 2 years figure, it needs some context. If you left an Oak branch on top of Ben Nevis I’m sure the leaves wouldn’t decompose in 2 years (they’d blow away right enough).
Whoever said it is situational is right – they would take 2 years to decompose in that environment and therefore the quantity of them makes it unpleasant and unsightly. I’m not disagreeing with it, or saying dropping skins is OK, but the arguments need to be applicable to the situation. Otherwise, Brexit.Posted 4 months agowobbliscottMember
No way does it take 2 years for one to decompose, we’d have half rotten bananas everywhere!
No, it takes longer than 2 years…it still hadn’t decomposed after circa 2 years in the bottom of the bag. It had shrivelled, was black, rock hard and didn’t smell at all. It was a bit like a mummified Egyptian’s willy… I know it was two years as it had been hanging in my garage for two years since I’d last used it on a walking holiday. I’m not really sure what a rotten banana looks like. Ones that are left in my fruit bowl for weeks go black and very soft but don’t grow mould or rot down even though fruit around it might go mouldy and nasty looking, they just seem to continually degrade. Take the fruit out of the skin and the skin dries out and just shrivels and goes hard. Whatever they are made out of doesn’t seem to rot or break down. Maybe sitting in my bag affects the decomposition process with the absence of sunlight and bugs and other stuff it would be exposed to in the open, but I’m pretty sure if it was an apple or something else it would have been a furry mouldy and smelly mess.Posted 4 months agosupernovaMember
Discarded banana skins and orange peel always really annoy me. It’s obviously litter unless you live in a place where they grow. So apple cores are fine in hedgerows but not on mountainsides, banana peel in the Seychelles and oranges in Seville. Don’t be a dick, take your litter home.Posted 4 months agogreatbeardedoneMember
I always take my litter home
But, whoevers in charge of Ben Nevis (and the surrounding hills) should be making an attempt to build up the soil levels on the hillside.
In ecological terms, it’s not long since the last ice sheets left and the forces of erosion (wind, water and temperature) have not yet provided enough of a soil base.
The lack of a sufficient soil base means that there are no trees on the hillsides, except at the lowest levels.
No trees means an exposed hillside.
An exposed hillside means no-where to take shelter from lightning or wind and rain.
That’s what puts me off ever going up there…and I’d hate to be ‘caught short’ on that track😟Posted 4 months agocbikeMember
Banana skins and human shite and human ashes sprinkled from urns introduce nutrients to places with unique and delicate flora and fauna. You don’t go skipping about on cryptobiotic soil in some places in Moab if you can possibly avoid it. I’m sure some mountain bikers with massive camelbaks can dispose of all their waste responsibly. Maybe take some extra home too?Posted 4 months agoslackaliceSubscriber
I asked a similar question about discarding non native food waste to the farm manager just the other day, it wasn’t in relation to banana skins though…
Potatoes. The estate grows and farms a lot of potatoes and inevitably, some remain in the ground, others are dropped or fall out of the Bailey trailers. How do these non native tubers affect the soil and ecosystem, in much the same manner a banana skin might? Was my specific question.
He shrugged his shoulders.
Custodians of the land 😉Posted 4 months ago
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