The Champaign County Peace Alliance, Goshen Garden Club, Champaign County Animal Welfare League and Mechanicsburg FFA sponsored recycling during the week of fair this year. Of the 20 boxes placed around the FFA Barns and Activity Buildings, 40 bags or about 285 pounds of plastic bottles and aluminum cans were collected and added to the recycling drop-off funded by the North Central Ohio Solid Waste district on U.S. Route 68.
The groups thank Susan Helterbran of the Solid Waste District for supplying the recycle boxes and liners and Wayne Cook from the Fair Board for allowing the groups to recycle. A very special thanks to JP Kent from Mechanicsburg FFA for setting up and collecting all the FFA barns and Arenas recycling during the fair and Steve Walters, who donates a trunk and helped drop-off the recycling at the end of fair this year.
-It takes aluminum cans 200-500 years to decompose. When we recycle aluminum, we reduce energy use by 90 percent, air pollution by 95 percent and save enough energy recycling just one can to run a TV for three hours.—NYS Dept of Environmental Conservation (2011 website)
-Plastic bottles can take over 1,000 years to decompose. Approximately 88 percent of the energy is saved by producing plastic from plastic as opposed to plastic from the raw materials of oil and gas.- http://www.wecarewasteandrecycling.com/facts.html
-Recycling saves energy, natural resources, money, time, landfill space, makes less pollution, including less greenhouse gases, and creates jobs!
Information submitted by Debra Walters.