So I was done eating a banana while in the sidewalk, and had the peel on my hand. Instead of throwing it in the trash, I thought I would break it into pieces and throw the pieces into a small , planted area surrounding a tree, both contained within a metal encasing, so that the peel would degrade, instead of accumulating in the trash. So I start throwing the pieces in , and there comes this guy who works in a building right in front of the tree and tells me I cannot do that, that it is prohibited; he claims the building paid for the metal encasing. Still, isn't this an issue of city ordinances? Is there some real basis for prohibiting this; would the peels e.g., attract flies or other unwanted insects or animals into the area? How do I find the laws dealing with this issue?