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Recycling 101


By LaVerne C. Paulson

Mon, Dec 8th, 2014
Posted in All Home & Garden

Recycling Education Coordinator

Paper and other forms of fiber are the most numerous items recycled in Fillmore County. No less than fifteen tons leave here each week headed for a factory that will produce recycled cardboard, boxboard, egg cartons, newspapers, catalogs, magazines, books, and of course, notebooks and computer paper.

Paper has been around for a long time, even before the Romans wrote on a product made from papyrus. Centuries ago, different forms of paper were made from grass, rags, old fishing nets and reeds. Today, recycled paper products and wood are the two main sources for paper production.

Thirty-five percent of America’s solid waste is paper products. These are much too valuable to be buried in a landfill or burned in a heap of garbage. At his time, perhaps twenty-five percent of these paper products are recycled. Raising this rate to fifty or sixty percent would benefit the environment greatly with less energy being used to recycle what we can rather than starting from scratch using our precious natural resources. Today, nearly forty percent of a newspaper, novel, cereal box, junk mail, cardboard box, pizza box, magazine, or phone book is made from recycled material.

Americans throw away 44,000,000 newspapers every day. That amounts to a half million trees a week. Americans also discard four million tons of office paper every year. That is enough to build a twelve foot-high wall of paper from New York to California. And, the average American uses about 580 pounds of paper products like those listed in the previous paragraph, each year.

Most people have a pretty good idea as to how paper is made, but here is a quick review. At the mill, paper and cardboard are shredded and water is added to make a pulp. The pulp is washed and cleaned and then run through beaters that turn it into slush. Color is added at this time, if necessary. The slush is then placed on a large screen and drained. Large rollers then press the mixture to squeeze out any excess water and give the paper its uniform thickness. The new paper is then wound onto large rolls thirty feet wide that weigh nearly twenty-five tons. A very large blade then cuts these rolls into slices of different widths.

There seems to be no limit to the number of times glass and metal can be recycled. Paper is a little less fortunate. The fibers that paper contains must be a certain length to hold together. Ea .....
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Recycling 101 - 11.24.2014

By LaVerne C. Paulson

Mon, Nov 24th, 2014
Posted in All Home & Garden

Recycling Education Coordinator When we have a choice, many of us prefer to purchase food in glass containers. There just seems to be something about the taste of sauerkraut from a jar that is different than sauerkraut from a metal can. A great n ..... 
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Home repair loans and grants available

Mon, Nov 24th, 2014
Posted in All Home & Garden

With colder weather upon us, USDA Rural Development is gearing up to help local homeowners finance home improvements through low-interest loans and grants. “Now is a good time for homeowners to evaluate the need for necessary repairs or replacem ..... 
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Getting your lawn ready for Fall and Winter

Mon, Oct 20th, 2014
Posted in All Home & Garden

By Judy Lacey, Fillmore County Master Gardener It’s not too early to start this process, which is hard to believe. Where oh where did the summer go? We have lots of fall work coming up and then winter! The solder beetles are out in great num ..... 
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Mums is the word at Spring Valley Greenhouse

Mon, Sep 15th, 2014
Posted in Spring Valley Home & Garden

If you’re looking to spruce up your yard this fall, then Spring Valley Greenhouse & Floral has what you need. The Greenhouse originally opened 40 years ago, and for the last 12 years has been owned and operated by the Gehling family (Carol, Jacob ..... 
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Winterize now, relax later

Mon, Sep 15th, 2014
Posted in Spring Valley Home & Garden

Everyone remembers how harsh and long the last winter was, and most predictions are for another cold and snowy winter this year. But although nobody knows for sure just how severe the winter will be, there are many winterizing tasks to be done arou ..... 
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Recycling 101 8.18.14

By LaVerne C. Paulson

Fri, Aug 15th, 2014
Posted in All Home & Garden

The majority of Fillmore County residents have the opportunity to make use of our roads and highways to get from one place to another. Their travels frequently allow them to observe wildflowers, cat tails, cardinals, butterflies, wild turkeys, bal ..... 
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Good time for an 8-1-1 safety reminder from Minnesota Energy Resources

Fri, Aug 8th, 2014
Posted in All Home & Garden

Rosemount, Minn. - Minnesota Energy Resources reminds everyone on August 11, or 8/11, to call 8-1-1 BEFORE attempting any projects that require digging. Calling the “8-1-1 Gopher State One Call” should be the homeowner and contractor’s first s ..... 
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Tips for lowering cooling costs in your home

Mon, Aug 4th, 2014
Posted in All Home & Garden

Continuous cooling during the dog days of summer can take a bite out of your budget. You can reduce air conditioning energy use by 20-50 percent by switching to a high-efficiency, ENERGY STAR-qualified air conditioner and taking other actions to lowe ..... 
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