— More than 28 billion glass bottles and jars end up in landfills every year. That is the equivalent of filling up two Empire State Buildings every three weeks.
— Over 90 percent of all products shipped in the U.S. are shipped in corrugated boxes, which total more than 400 billion square feet of cardboard.
— Food scraps make up almost 12 percent of municipal solid waste generated in the U.S.
— Almost half of the food in the U.S. goes to waste — approximately 3,000 pounds per second.
Information provided by Re-Group, a non-profit educational group formed to develop public awareness of the benefits of waste reduction, reuse and recycling through educational and citizen participation. ReGroup meets the second Wednesday of the month from September-November and January-May at 6:30 p.m. at Kenai Peninsula College unless otherwise noted.