We have recycled diligently for many, many years, but we started tracking each item in April 08. Each of our five stores reports their numbers every evening, and they get entered into a spreadsheet. To find an average weight of each item, we traveled to each store and weighed several different samples. We took all of them, and came up with an average weight.
For some items, you get a better idea when you think of volume or cubic feet instead of weight, so we included those in our report.
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MOM’S (Mom’s Organic Market) 2008 Recycling Numbers
487 BAGS OF BUBBLE WRAP or 13,041 CUBIC FEET
(If you stacked each cubic foot of the bubble wrap we recycled on top of each other, it would add up to 10 Empire State Building’s)
4905 BOXES OF PRODUCE TRIMMINGS or 147,150 POUNDS or almost 74 TONS (This weighs as much as 15 fully grown elephants or 6 school buses filled with High School students)
250 BUCKETS OF BATTERIES or 875 GALLONS
(This many batteries would fill almost 15 standard household bathtubs)
1134 BAGS OF PLASTIC BAGS or 13,041 POUNDS
(This would fill 12 neighborhood swimming pools!)
756 BAGS OF PACKING PEANUTS or 20,412 CUBIC FEET
(This is enough packing peanuts to completely fill twenty four 17 foot U-Haul Trucks)
1415 BAGS OF COMMINGLED ITEMS or 29,715 POUNDS
(This would be equivalent to almost thirty 8 yd dumpsters. These are the kind we have at all of our stores)
1723 BINS OF MIXED PAPER or 18,953 POUNDS or 25,776 GALLONS
(This would fill over 3000 standard back yard wheelbarrows)
135 BOXES OF LIGHTBULBS
(The sizes of each box vary, but on average, this would be enough to fill three 17 foot U-Haul Trucks)
OTHER BUBBLE WRAP EXAMPLES
(Enough bubble wrap to fill three swimming pools, one tractor trailer, and
send all of our employees to outer space with Zoltan !)