Bananacam logo

Part of the 'Plastic Free Yr Wyddfa' campaign led by Snowdonia National Park Authority.

THE MYTH

Banana peels biodegrade naturally and quickly in the countryside.

REALITY

Banana peels can take months to fully biodegrade and have a negative impact on Eryri's landscape.

INTRODUCING

A live video feed of a banana peel biodegrading on Yr Wyddfa, at altitude.

Latest photo of bananacam peel on July 18. The peel is in a security cage and is black and shrivelled.

This banana peel has been biodegrading for

days

WHAT IS THE BANANACAM?

As part of the campaign to make Yr Wyddfa the first plastic-free mountain in the world, Eryri's National Park Authority are shining a light on the problem of organic waste.

While organic waste does biodegrade, it can take months to do so in the open air, and at altitude. Banana peels can alter the pH of Yr Wyddfa’s soil, which affects biodiversity.

Bananacam is our (unscientific!) experiment to record how long a banana peel takes to biodegrade on Wales' busiest mountain.

REMEMBER THAT ABANDONED BANANA PEELS

Are the fourth most collected item of litter on Yr Wyddfa.

Take months to fully biodegrade at the high altitudes of Yr Wyddfa.

Alter the pH of the surrounding soil and damage the landscape.

LET'S TAKE OUR PEELS HOME

WANT TO WIN A PLASTIC-FREE GOODIE BAG?

The National Park Authority are hosting a competition alongside the Bananacam project. Competitors are invited to guess the date when the banana peel will have decomposed and is no longer visible to the naked eye.

The lucky winner who correctly predicts the decomposition date will be awarded a unique plastic-free goodie bag filled with sustainable and eco-friendly prizes.

To compete, comment on the Bananacam competition Facebook post.