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Recycling 101 - 12.22.2014


By LaVerne C. Paulson

Mon, Dec 22nd, 2014
Posted in All Home & Garden



Recycling Education Coordinator

The most common item made from iron is the steel food can. These cans are 99% steel. They are made of steel for strength, but many are coated with tin to stabilize the flavors of the can’s contents so your stewed tomatoes taste like stewed tomatoes and not like a rusty old windmill pipe.

Have you ever wondered why food cans are made of steel rather than aluminum, which wouldn’t change the taste of the contents? The contents of the can are actually cooked in the steel can during the canning process and a thin aluminum can is not well suited for that. All steel food and beverage cans are 100 percent recyclable, including bi-metal cans, the ones made of steel and aluminum.

Steel cans have been around for quite a while. Soup, juice, vegetables, meat, coffee, evaporated milk, sardines, mushroom stems and pieces, fruit, pet food, and pork and beans are just a few of the food items we purchase in cans. Perhaps, the second best thing about steel cans is they don’t break when you drop them. Their finest quality is most likely the fact that they are highly recyclable. Americans use 100,000,000 steel cans each day. However, 40 percent, and that is way to many, of these are still finding their way into a landfill. That amounts to millions of dollars of recyclable steel buried every week, or possibly up to three hundred million dollars a year.

Recycling steel cans in Fillmore County is much easier than recycling plastic containers. There are no “chasing arrows” and no numbers to look for. All steel cans are recyclable. Simply rinse them out and toss them into your recycling container. You do not have to remove the label because it will be destroyed as the can is processed. For years, people cut the bottom off the can and then flattened it to make it more compact. Recently we have been advised (and this may change again) that the machine in the Cities that automatically separates the different materials will sometimes mistake a flattened can for a piece of cardboard. That is not good.

When the cans get to the steel recycling facility, they are shredded and run through a series of washing solutions and filtered. Since steel food cans contain both steel and tin, the recycling process (melting and filtering) must separate the tin and the steel by “detinning.” This process yields high-grade steel pellets and tin ingots, and new steel cans with th .....
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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 ..... 
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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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