This Saturday, August 18 will be Russell Veggies’ sixth (6) annual Recycle event.  Anyone who wishes to recycle any previously used items acquired from us (or others) is asked to bring them to the New Albany Farmer’s Market on that day.  We recycle most any items our customers bring, join us and help reuse, reduce and recycle. We would love to get back some of our many reusable bags and baskets. Many thanks to all of you that continue to reuse, reduce and recycle.

Recycling facts that may interest you…

  • About one-third of an average dump is made up of  packaging material!
  • The U.S. is the #1 trash-producing country in the world at 1,609 pounds per person per year. This means that 5% of the world’s people generate 40% of the world’s waste.
  • The highest point in Hamilton County, Ohio (near  Cincinnati) is “Mount Rumpke.” It is actually a mountain of trash at the Rumpke sanitary landfill towering 1045 ft. above sea level.
  • Out of every $10 spent buying things, $1 (10%) goes for packaging that is thrown away. Packaging represents about 65% of household trash.
  • Recycling one aluminum can saves enough energy to run a TV for three hours — or the equivalent of a half a gallon of  gasoline.
  • More aluminum goes into beverage cans than any  other product.
  • Because so many of them are recycled, aluminum cans account for less than 1% of the total U.S. waste stream, according to EPA estimates.
  • An aluminum can that is thrown away will still  be a can 500 years from now!
  • There is no limit to the amount of times an  aluminum can be recycled.
  • We use over 80,000,000,000 aluminum soda cans  every year.
  • At one time, aluminum was more valuable than  gold!
  • If you had a 15-year-old tree and made it into  paper grocery bags, you’d get about 700 of them. A busy supermarket could use  all of them in under an hour! This means in one year, one supermarket can go  through over 6 million paper bags! Imagine how many supermarkets there are just  in the United States!!!
  • The average American uses seven trees a year in paper, wood, and other products made from trees. This amounts to about 2,000,000,000 trees per year!
  • The amount of wood and paper we throw away each year is enough to heat 50,000,000 homes for 20 years.
  • Approximately 1 billion trees worth of paper are thrown away every year in the U.S.
  • Americans use 85,000,000 tons of paper a year; about 680 pounds per person.
  • The average household throws away 13,000 separate pieces of paper each year. Most is packaging and junk mail.

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