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Recycling 101 - 3.23.15


By LaVerne C. Paulson

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

Recycling Education Coordinator

Today’s article concerns burn barrels and burning garbage in general. Even if you do not personally burn garbage, please read on. Most likely you are being affected one way or another. If you are still burning your garbage, it’s perhaps time for a change.

The makeup of garbage has changed in the last century. Most of the garbage fifty or sixty years ago was untreated paper, wood, or glass, and when it was burned, it was relatively harmless. Not so today. Today’s garbage contains plastics, dyes, and chemicals such as lead, mercury, and cadmium that release extremely hazardous toxins when burned. These chemicals settle on our soil, water and plants, and sooner or later enter the food chain getting into the food we eat or the milk we drink. Backyard garbage burning is now one of the largest sources of dangerous dioxins, known to be cancer causing materials. Besides the toxins being released, there is always the danger of aerosol cans, batteries, and other items exploding and causing a not-so-pleasant schrapnel effect.

Nearly half of rural Minnesotans still burn their garbage on site. Burning garbage is harmful to our health and the environment. If you are burning garbage, you are making poison. Burning garbage in your backyard, whether done in a traditional burn barrel, wood stove, fire-pit or at the cabin is far more harmful to your health and the environment than previously thought. Children, the elderly, and those with preexisting respiratory problems are most vulnerable.

What can you do? First, stop burning garbage. There is usually an abundance of firewood for your fire pit in your back yard or at the cabin. I don’t think melted plastics and paper ashes add nutrition or flavor to your hot dogs or smores.

Second, find a trash hauler or bring your landfill garbage to the Resource Recovery Center in Preston. You can get rid of sixty pounds for five dollars. After that it’s four cents a pound plus the solid waste management tax of 17%. There are drop off sites throughout the county to get rid of your recyclables of all kinds, or bring them to the recycling center in Preston. Once again, may I remind some of you that the recycling bins are not for garbage. Please don’t contaminate the recyclables that your neighbors have deposited correctly.

Lastly, give composting a chance. Once the paper, cans, bottles, and kitchen garbage is out o .....
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Health officials recommend steps for private well owners to protect health, water

Mon, Mar 16th, 2015
Posted in All Home & Garden

Properly maintaining wells that tap into groundwater is critical for protecting personal health and the resource, say state health officials. National Groundwater Awareness Week, which was observed March 8-14, was established more than two decades a ..... 
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Recycling 101 - 3.09.15

By LaVerne C. Paulson

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

Most of you who read these Recycling 101 articles are interested in recycling trends and how you can improve your recycling habits. My goal as I write these articles is to assist you doing that and let you know why recycling is so very important ..... 
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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 ..... 
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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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