Thursday, August 10, 2006

Nervous

I flipped open the trash can lid a minute ago to throw out some aluminum foil. Yes, I throw it in the trash can instead of the recycle bin. I feel ok with that choice, since it was dripping with ooze and pieces of lasagna. So anyway, I noticed that the garbage in there is emanating heat. A lot of heat.

There is only one thing that can cause heat to seep from garbage sitting in my kitchen beneath the South-facing windows: rot. Decomposition. A chemical breakdown of food producing gases and heat energy.

This could potentially be a maggot luxury resort! What do I do??? I can't take the trash out every day. That would waste bags and be annoying and gross. But I can't leave the trashcan in the kitchen to generate even more heat in the apartment...or breed more maggots.

The worst thing is that Corey isn't home from riding his bike, so I might have to take that bag out myself. I already touched the maggot den. I don't think I should have to take out the hot bag. What if it gets so hot in there the bag melts??? I could have garbage spewing onto the floors as I run screaming through the apartment with the bag.

I feel as though I am being punished for not composting and creating my own fertilizer from the natural processes going on with my raw meat scraps and zucchini stems in my trashcan. As soon as I have a yard, I swear I will compost! Just please stop decomposing in my kitchen. Please, garbage, just remain cool and odor free until Corey takes you to the dumpster. Keep the maggots at bay for one more month and then it's nice autumn weather.

9 comments:

Anonymous said...

never compost with meats or oils

PeaceLoveMath said...

fine, but at least in a real house with a garage and back yard, we'll be able to compost the stuff we can, and throw the rest out in the garage trashcan instead of the kitchen trashcan. it is against my nature to throw away food items under my sink, but i too am forced to do it. no maggots yet, thankfully. my only worry is that paul was peeling potatoes once and a strip of skin fell in the crack between the sink counter and the wall, so it's been back there for months with absolutely no way to get it out...i guess i wouldn't mind if a potato grew behind my sink, but i don't want it to attract bugs!!

Em said...

Idea--take the lid off the can and let it open to the air. Part of the problem is that the lid keeps it dark and keeps moisture from escaping. By exposing the garbage to the light and giving it an opportunity to dry out (and once it dries it it doesn't stink), you're removing two of the three things (wet, dark, warm) that bacteria like best.

Starve them, Katy!

Katy said...

won't my house smell even more like garbage with no lid?? i don't know, em, i'm afraid!

Em said...

Things will smell a bit right at first, but unless you pile in a ton of wet stuff the smell disappears in a half hour or so as everything dries and shrivels up into nice, odorless, crumbly trash. I've never had a garbage can with a lid and I've never had composting rot in my garbage can. Of course, correlation =/= causation, but it wouldn't hurt to try.

PeaceLoveMath said...

don't take the lid off now - wait until you have emptied the current batch, and start going lidless with a fresh can. i don't have a lid, and i've never had maggot problems, or any major stink.

ninny said...

i say use smaller bags and take the trash out every day...

onion said...

Oh for heaven's sake, just buy a garbage disposal!

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