"Where Fillmore County News Comes First"
Online Edition
Thursday, November 27th, 2014
Volume ∞ Issue ∞
 
1 | 2 | 3 | > | >>

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 number of shoppers like to see what they are buying before they make their final choice of spaghetti sauce, olives, mustard, capers, button mushrooms, anchovies, or baby dills. Glass jars break a lot easier than steel cans, but the good things about glass jars frequently outweigh the possibility of breaking.

Food and beverage container glass is 100 percent recyclable. If all the glass bottles and jars that are recycled throughout the United States in one year were laid end to end, they would reach the moon and more than half way back again. However, Americans throw away enough glass bottles and jars (nearly eighty percent) every two weeks that would have filled the 1,350 foot towers of the former World Trade Center. In a year, this could add up to nearly one hundred million dollars worth of recyclable glass being buried in landfill.

Glass can be recycled repeatedly with no loss of quality to the new container. Glass beverage bottles and all jars that have contained food such as pickles, spaghetti sauce, jams, and jellies are crushed into a material called cullet. Once crushed, the glass cullet is mixed with silica sand and melted in a furnace to create molten glass. It is then recast into new food and beverage containers or made into fiber glass.

The clear glass is used for clear containers, the green glass for green containers, and of course, the brown glass for brown containers. Much of our glass is recycled at Anchor Glass Company in Shakopee.

Recycling one ton of glass saves 1,330 pounds of sand, 433 pounds of soda ash, 433 pounds of limestone, and 151 pounds of feldspar. This saves over one ton of your natural resources. Recycling glass reduces related air pollution by 50 percent over making glass from raw materials, as well as 25 to 40 percent of the energy used to make glass from raw materials. Today, most bottles and jars contain at least twenty-five percent recycled glass.

Not all glass is recyclable in Fillmore County at this time. Ceramic cups and dishware, window glass, mirrors, light bulbs, crystal, drinking glasses, including Pyrex ovenware, are all landfill garbage. For the safety of your sanitation crew, children, nei .....
[Read the Rest]

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 ..... 
[Read the Rest]

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 ..... 
[Read the Rest]

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 ..... 
[Read the Rest]

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 ..... 
[Read the Rest]

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 ..... 
[Read the Rest]

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 ..... 
[Read the Rest]

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 ..... 
[Read the Rest]

Community Field Day & Pancake Breakfast at Seed Savers Exchange

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

Decorah, Iowa— Seed Savers Exchange (SSE) is inviting Decorah-area residents to Heritage Farm for a behind-the-scenes look at SSE’s work preserving America’s food and garden heritage. Made possible by Silos & Smokestack’s National Heritage Ar ..... 
[Read the Rest]
1 | 2 | 3 | > | >>