Sunday, April 17, 2011

Edible Landfill for Earth Day

Edible Landfill Recipe

Landfill Desserts

Assemble the following:
  • A clear plastic cup which is your landfill 
  • Crumble cookies (any kind that will crumble) and place a small layer in the bottom of the cup. This represents the 3' of clay placed in the bottom of the cell to prevent fluids from seeping out;
  • A thin layer of vanilla pudding for the plastic liner;
  • Two 1" pieces of licorice "whips" to represent collection pipes;
  • More cookie crumbs to be the sand and gravel layer to protect the pipes and plastic from punctures.
Next add the "garbage:"
  • 1 teaspoon fruit cereal to represent organic waste such as food or leaves;
  • 2 teaspoons rice cereal to represent paper and cardboard which makes up 40 percent of landfill contents. Almost all of this layer could be recycled to save space in the landfills;
  • Some white chocolate chips for plastics;
  • Some butterscotch chips for glass;
  • Mini marshmallows for metals;
  • Chocolate cereal "rings" for tires;
  • Top with a small chocolate candy to represent everything else.
Finishing touches:
  • Drizzle chocolate syrup to show leachate, the moisture that percolates through layers of waste material;
  • Cover with another layer of plastic - vanilla pudding, that is;
  • Cookie crumbs for soil;
  • Green sprinkles for grass;
  • Punch in 2 straws to represent Methane gas collectors.
Eat it, if you still have the stomach for it!
How could you help fewer items to wind up in your landfill?

Check out these blogs for more information about landfills and edible landfill recipes. 

  Do It Green Minnesota  & A to Z Home's Cool Homeschooling