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Recycling 101 - 2.23.15


By LaVerne C. Paulson

Mon, Feb 23rd, 2015
Posted in All Home & Garden



Looking back in my files, I found some information from Oberlin College in Ohio that I shared with you almost a decade ago. I am quite sure some of these numbers have changed a bit since then, perhaps for the better. Please read these and see if there are any habits you can change just a little to reduce the amount of energy and natural resources in your daily lives. Some of these sentences are simply thoughts for you to ponder. To reduce the amount of space used in the newspaper to print this article, I am going to make paragraphs out of several sentences. Many of them will have nothing to do with each other. They are just random sentences.

Wash full loads of clothes. Washing machines use about 15 percent of your house’s water...32-59 gallons per cycle. Glass never wears out. It can be recycled forever. Every winter, the energy equivalent of all the oil that flows through the Alaskan pipeline in a year leaks through American windows. When a family of four takes five-minute showers daily, they will use more than 700 gallons of water every week. That’s a three years’ supply of drinking water for one person. Americans throw out about 85 percent of the office paper we use.

Forty percent of the pure water you use in your house is flushed down the toilet. If all the glass bottles and jars collected through recycling in the U.S. in 1994 were laid end to end, they’d reach to the moon and half way back to earth. We save seventeen trees for each ton of recycled newspaper. Americans use 100,000,000 (one hundred million) tin and steel cans every day. Recycling steel and tin cans saves 74 percent of the energy to produce them from raw materials. States with bottle deposit laws have 35-40 percent less litter, by volume. Every year we make enough plastic film to shrink-wrap the state of Texas. Americans throw away 44,000,000 newspapers every day. That’s the same as dumping 500,000 trees into landfills each week.

If every American household recycled just one out of every ten plastic bottles they used, we’d keep 200,000,000 pounds of plastic out of landfills every year. Each person in the United States uses two pine trees worth of paper products every year. If you landfill one aluminum can, you waste as much energy as if you’d filled the same can half full of gasoline and poured in onto the ground. One ream (500 sheets) of paper uses six percent of a tree. The 36,000,000,000 aluminum cans landfilled la .....
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Free radon and nitrate testing

Mon, Feb 23rd, 2015
Posted in All Home & Garden

Radon gas is found in over half of Fillmore County homes. Radon causes lung cancer. Testing your home for radon is easy, inexpensive, and quick. To get a free radon kit you can attend the pick-up site below or download and submit a request form o ..... 
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Recycling 101

By LaVerne C. Paulson

Mon, Feb 9th, 2015
Posted in All Home & Garden

Recycling Education Coordinator This article will deal with the recycling of aluminum. Producing pure aluminum from bauxite ore is quite expensive. Recycling aluminum, especially beverage cans is much more economical. It takes 95% less energy to ..... 
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SMIF provides loan to Featherstone Fruits and Vegetables LLC

Mon, Feb 9th, 2015
Posted in Rushford Home & Garden

RUSHFORD, MN - Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation (SMIF) has recently approved funding from its Small Enterprise Loan Fund to Featherstone Fruits and Vegetables in Rushford. Featherstone is a family-operated farm, owned by Jack Hedin and his ..... 
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Landscape designer Charles Seha receives MNLA award for Excellence In Landscape

Mon, Feb 9th, 2015
Posted in Chatfield Home & Garden

Several members of the Minnesota Nursery and Landscape Association (MNLA) were recently honored with the 2015 MNLA award for Excellence In Landscape. Among those honored was landscape designer Charles Seha. A panel of practicing professionals in l ..... 
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Free radon and nitrate testing

Mon, Feb 2nd, 2015
Posted in All Home & Garden

Radon gas is found in over half of Fillmore County homes. Radon causes lung cancer. Testing your home for radon is easy, inexpensive, and quick. During February and March, you may pick up a free kit from one of the radon and nitrate testing clini ..... 
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Recycling 101 - 1.19.15

By LaVerne C. Paulson

Mon, Jan 19th, 2015
Posted in All Home & Garden

By LaVerne C. Paulson Recycling Education Coordinator Batteries. Just how many of those gadgets that you couldn’t possibly get along without are powered partially or totally by batteries? As I write this article at the Recycling Center, I have ..... 
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New Year’s resolution: Get an advanced energy audit

Mon, Jan 12th, 2015
Posted in All Home & Garden

Looking for a New Year’s resolution you can stick to? Get that advanced home energy audit you’ve been promising yourself and make 2015 the year you start to save energy and cut your utility bill costs. Many people assume there is little they c ..... 
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Recycling 101 - 1.05.2015

By LaVerne C. Paulson

Mon, Jan 5th, 2015
Posted in All Home & Garden

Recycling Education Coordinator Questions concerning the recycling of plastics in Fillmore County keep coming up week after week. I will agree that if you don’t work in recycling as I do, it can be a bit complicated. There is a lot of informa ..... 
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