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Recycling 101


By LaVerne C. Paulson

Mon, May 23rd, 2016
Posted in All Home & Garden

About 40% of Minnesota garbage is organic waste, and much of this making up your landfill garbage is quite compostable right in your own back yard. But, why would you want to compost your garbage? Well, perhaps it is fun, perhaps it is relatively easy, perhaps you are tired of sending all that stuff to the landfill, or perhaps you want to make an additive for your lawn and gardens that your plants will just love.

Composting can save you a bit of cash by using less garbage bags and the finished product, ready for your garden is more or less free. You will reduce the amount of waste that is created by your yard, your garden, and your kitchen by converting leaves, grass, and kitchen scraps into a usable soil amendment. Compost frequently reduces the need for additional fertilizers and makes a good mulch for new plants. And, if done correctly, there are no foul odors in the process.

The Minnesota Composting Council and Blue Bag Organics have stated that plants grown in compost-rich soils require less watering because of the increased infiltration and storage capacity of root systems. The reduction of water runoff, evaporation, and water usage by weeds is significant. Research has shown that the application of compost can reduce the need for watering by thirty to 70%.

You don’t need an expensive setup to make compost. All you really need is a small area for a pile or a bin made from a garbage can. If you have access to leaves, weeds, some grass clippings, a few paper egg cartons, coffee grounds, and kitchen scraps, you are well on your way to being a composter.

Please take a few minutes to check out composting on the web and see how it could work for you. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me. I am also available for presentations to church groups and civic organizations concerning recycling, as well as composting in Fillmore County, free of charge.

On a different note... Did you know that 90% of atmospheric mercury that falls into Minnesota lakes and streams and makes some of our fish unsafe to eat comes from outside the state. Speaking of mercury, please recycle those rechargeable batteries and button batteries as well as all those CFL and fluorescent light bulbs.

Or....... Worldwide, 1.3 billion tons of food is wasted or becomes inedible each year. That’s about one-third of the world’s food that would feed two billion people. However, it is estimate .....
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Operation Round Up grants $4,100 to local causes

Mon, Apr 4th, 2016
Posted in Rushford Home & Garden

RUSHFORD, MN, March 14, 2016 — Tri-County Electric Cooperative’s Operation Round Up Trust Board met on February 26 and elected to donate $4,100 to the following worthy organizations: • $1,100, Goodview Elementary School, for Engino model set ..... 
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Harmony Public Library/Harmony Community Garden plots available

Mon, Mar 28th, 2016
Posted in Harmony Home & Garden

The Harmony Community Garden is now accepting applications for their 2016 gardening season. Four by eight-foot raised bed plots are available for $20 for the first plot, and $10 for additional plots. Eight 2x8-foot wheelchair or standing plots are a ..... 
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Recycling 101

By LaVerne C. Paulson

Mon, Feb 29th, 2016
Posted in All Home & Garden

This is the first of three articles concerning the three most common beverage containers and some information on how they are produced as well as why we perhaps prefer one, rather than the others. The three types of recyclable containers are, as yo ..... 
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BOM is the bomb in Harmony

Mon, Feb 22nd, 2016
Posted in Harmony Home & Garden

Boutique on Main, otherwise known as BOM, is one of the newest and neatest shops located on the main street of Harmony, Minn. Katie Lewis and Kelly Grabau have loved doing different types of crafts for several years and spent many weekends at cr ..... 
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Recycling 101 - 2.8.16

By LaVerne C. Paulson

Mon, Feb 8th, 2016
Posted in All Home & Garden

By LaVerne C. Paulson Recycling Education Coordinator Today’s tin cans, as we know them, are not made of tin, but are actually made of steel. Tin cans that were really made of tin were being used in the early 1800s to keep foods from spoiling as ..... 
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Recycling 101

By LaVerne C. Paulson

Mon, Jan 25th, 2016
Posted in All Home & Garden

This article is scheduled to be published near the end of January, but it is still not too late to modify some of your recycling habits. I am quite sure that a majority of the residents of Fillmore County who recycle, do so quite well. Some, inclu ..... 
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Sharps and meds disposal

By LaVerne C. Paulson

Mon, Jan 11th, 2016
Posted in All Home & Garden

Questions concerning the proper disposal of used sharps and unwanted medicine are frequently asked. Today we will review safe methods to dispose of these items correctly. Hypodermic needles, lancets, and syringes that are used for injecting insul ..... 
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Recycling 101 12.21.15

By LaVerne C. Paulson

Mon, Dec 21st, 2015
Posted in All Home & Garden

Keep America Beautiful, one of the stronger supporters of recycling has recently informed us of the Top 10 Things to Recycle in Your Home. Here they are. In your home office, office paper. In your bedroom, tissue boxes and magazines. In your bath ..... 
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