To gain greater perspective of the amount of waste the Habitat for Humanity of Kent County ReStore has diverted from landfills since opening four years ago, we challenged students in the Rockford High School Math Club with a brain teaser we all could relate to...
How many times would the waste "fill up" Fifth Third Ball Park...where Rockford Math Teacher Bob Wells also doubles as an MC for fun and games during inning changes.
In 2009 his students found--
"Based on 2,772,640 pounds and the estimated dimensions of Fifth Third Ball Park, if one were to simply stand on the brim of the stadium armed with an endless supply of styrofoam cups (think 'Hot Chocolate' cups), and tossed them one at a time into the Ball Park, he/she could fill up the entire stadium to the top of the structure 32 times over.
"Doing this at a rate of one cup per second without stopping, it would take just short of 43 years to toss in as much waste as Habitat for Humanity has saved from area landfills."
Thank you students!
As of February 2012 we have diverted 7.5 MILLION pounds or 3,750 tons from landfills!