It seems innocent enough: You're done eating an apple or banana on a hike, so you just toss the waste into the woods. It's organic material and should decompose quickly, right? In actuality, no. When you toss anything, whether organic or nonorganic, it's littering. And even fruit can take a long time to decompose when simply tossed on the ground. Apple cores can take two months to decompose; a banana skin can take up to two years. Instead, take your food waste with you and place it in a compost bin, where it will naturally heat up and quickly break down.
ANDREWS MCMEEL SYNDICATION