RecyColumbus facts and December "green" events.

Where do your recyclables go?

Columbus residents started curbside recycling this year. Do you ever wonder what happens to those items once they're taken by the city? Well, here's a look at where some of them end up:

Aluminum cans- Made into more beverage cans by companies like Anheuser Busch

Plastic bottles- Made into drainage pipes by Haviland Drainage Products of Haviland, Ohio

Glass bottles and jars- Made into fiberglass insulation by Johns Manville of Defiance, Ohio

Steel cans- Made into appliances and auto parts by I.H. Schlezinger Inc. of Columbus

Paper and cardboard-Made into container and paperboard packaging products by RockTenn of Coshocton, Ohio

Other facts from the ReyColumbus newsletter: 4,500 tons of recyclables were collected this summer and the city saved more than $250,000 in landfill fees.

Upcoming 'green' events

• Green Energy Ohio (GEO) will be holding its annual holiday party Dec. 12 from 7-10 p.m. at Cafe Bella. For details and to RSVP, visit

• Green Drinks December meeting

Green Drinks moves to Brothers Drake (one of my fave places) for its next meeting, also on Dec. 12 from 6-8 p.m. During the event, Sarah Jones will be giving a guided tour of the meadery, Olivera Bratich owner of Wholly Craft will show and tell us about pedaling handmade goodness since 2005, and Timothy Wolf Starr from Small Business Beanstalk will tie it all together with a big (locally produced, sustainably harvested, dolphin friendly) bow.