Recycling Efforts Continue at Farm Science Review

July 31, 2008

LONDON, Ohio -- Ohio State University's Farm Science Review continues to go "green."

Organizers are dovetailing off the success of last year's inaugural recycling efforts with a new project this year that will result in some streets in the exhibit area paved with recycled car tires. Farm Science Review, with the help of the North Central Ohio Solid Waste District, received $150,000 of a $750,000 Ohio Department of Natural Resources grant to pave four sections of roadway on the FSR site using scrap tire-modified asphalt.

"With this project, we continue to promote recycling at Farm Science Review as much as we can. From an environmental standpoint, we are avoiding sending waste to landfills, and that's a good thing. From a demonstration standpoint, it shows FSR visitors what they can do with recycling efforts," said Chuck Gamble, Farm Science Review manager.

The North Central Ohio Solid Waste District implemented a recycling program on the Farm Science Review grounds last year to collect and recycle cardboard, plastic bottles, paper and aluminum cans. Nearly 5,000 pounds of old corrugated cardboard was collected, along with 2,520 pounds of plastic bottles and aluminum cans and 1,760 pounds of fliers, papers and brochures.

Gamble said the success of the recycling program decreased the number of waste containers needed to collect trash.

"Traditionally we use eight 30-yard containers and last year we only needed three," said Gamble.

Visitors to this year's Farm Science Review, being held Sept. 16-18 at the Molly Caren Agricultural Center in London, Ohio, are encouraged to use the recycle containers that will again be in place throughout the FSR grounds.

The scrap tire project is an additional recycling benefit because the product is intended to decrease rutting and cracking, as well as increase the life span of the pavement. Roadways on the FSR grounds receiving the scrap tire-modified asphalt include: the west ends of Land and Soybean avenues, the east end of Land Avenue, the east end of Soybean Avenue, and Beef Street from Friday Avenue to Soybean Avenue.

"The scrap tire project demonstrates the continued commitment Farm Science Review has in its recycling efforts. It's important that farmers recognize that. After all, they are conservationists, and agriculture, as an industry, is very in tune to recycling," said Gamble.

Farm Science Review is sponsored by the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences, Ohio State University Extension, and the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center. It attracts upwards of 140,000 visitors from all over the country and Canada, who come for three days to peruse 4,000 product lines from 600 commercial exhibitors, and learn the latest in agricultural research, conservation, family and nutrition, and gardening and landscape.

Tickets are $8 at the gate or $5 in advance when purchased from county offices of OSU Extension or participating agribusinesses. Children 5 and younger are admitted free. Hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept 16-17 and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 18. For more information, log on to http://fsr.osu.edu.

Author(s): 
Candace Pollock
Source(s): 
Chuck Gamble