By: Blonde Two

The answer to this strange interrogatory is, of course, ‘yes’. If I did away with you, and left your body on top of Mam Tor in the Peak District (to join the banana skin above), eventually you would while away to nothing.

It wouldn’t be very nice though, would it, for all of those lovely walkers, who ascend the tor to appreciate the shivering (look it up) and the view (the mist is also nice), to find you lying there decomposing?

The same goes for banana skins… and orange peel… and apple cores (and probably pomegranate seeds). You would be amazed (or perhaps not) how many outdoors people I have seen discard fruit matter on the grass but pick up all of their other litter.

The fact of the matter is that things take a wee while to decompose. Here is some information to help you understand:

A glass bottle will take 1-2 million years to decompose (take it home).
Cigarette butts will take 10 – 12 years to decompose (take them home).
Orange peel will take 6 months to decompose (take it home).
An apple core will take 2 months to decompose (take it home).
Banana peel will take 3 – 4 weeks to decompose (take it home).

I am sure you will agree that none of us really want to see any of the above lying around our beauty spots. Besides which, it is far more fun to find a manky old apple core in your rucksack weeks later…