So you’ve got lots of pots to get rid of …

CFAES’s Chadwick Arboretum and Learning Gardens are hosting their annual Plastic Pot Recycling Event from 7:30 to 11:30 a.m. June 10. You can drop off horticultural plastics (pots, trays and cell packs) and non-food-grade styrofoam. It’s free and open to the public in front of Howlett Hall, 2001 Fyffe Court, on Ohio State’s campus in Columbus.

“We engage with partner Phoenix Recycling to keep these plastics out of the waste stream and landfills,” an article on CFAES’s faculty-staff website says, “and they render them into useful products.”

Visit the event’s webpage. (Photo: iStock.)

Turning food waste into tires

Tomorrow’s tires could come from the farm as much as the factory.

CFAES scientists have discovered that food waste can partially replace the petroleum-based filler that has been used in manufacturing tires for more than a century.

In tests, rubber made with the new fillers exceeds industrial standards for performance, which may ultimately open up new applications for rubber.

Read the story. (Photo: CFAES scientists Katrina Cornish (left) and Cindy Barrera by Ken Chamberlain, CFAES.)

Buckeyes’ behind-the-scenes members of the team

Up to 95 percent of the garbage tossed, dumped but hopefully not thrown in Ohio Stadium during Ohio State football games is turned into compost or recycled. Which is fantastic. So who does the good, hard, Earth-helping work of all that recycling? WOSU’s Esther Honig says the answer may surprise you. (Also, see who makes the compost in this story.)