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Compost and other Creative Uses for Popcorn at Old Greenbelt Theatre

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Ever wonder what happens to the unsold popcorn at the Old Greenbelt Theatre? This being Greenbelt, it’s composted, naturally.

I’m not sure I even knew popcorn could be composted, though a quick Googling of good sources confirmed that it can, as long as it’s not drenched in flavor-enhancers. Not a problem. Unsold popcorn at the OGT is fine to compost because it’s been cooked in coconut oil and free of the butter flavoring added for some customers.

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Here volunteer Mary-Denise Smith and office coordinator Carol McAdam are prepping unsold popcorn for pick-up by one of several composters organized by Gary Bumbalo. Most of them add the popcorn to their bins at home or in their community garden plot, the exception being one popcorn-collector who feeds it to her chickens. (Hmm, is there a photo of that?)

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Here’s some of the theater’s popcorn in action at the Hamilton Place Community Garden, shown in Gary Bumbalo’s spiffy new compost bin and scattered by another gardener on top of a raised bed. Presumably, some of the kernels become a grab-and-go lunch for squirrels or other wildlife grab, becoming part of the circle of life that way.

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  1. Laura
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    So magnificent! What a great establishment, truly authentic.
    Become a supporting member everyone!

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