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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 used eight things that depend upon batteries already today, and it’s barely eight o’clock in the morning. An electric razor, TV remote. garage door opener, car starter, hearing aids, watch, cell phone, and a pacemaker either helped me get ready for work, got me to work, or are keeping me functioning here at work. Yes, batteries have become very important to each of us in many ways.

More than three billion, yes, BILLION, batteries are sold in the United States each year. That averages out to no less than thirty or forty per family. A set of hearing aids will most likely use at least one hundred in a year’s time. Please allow me to share some battery information with you as well as how to correctly dispose of different types of batteries.

While many people do know about battery use and disposal, we are constantly surprised to hear of people who are unaware that different objects they use every day contain batteries, many of which contain rechargeable batteries. For instance, that electric toothbrush, razor, computer, cell phone, Kindle, or Nook, to name a few, all have to be charged with a power cord. That power cord charges the battery. That battery is rechargeable. That battery must be recycled.

Have you ever received a greeting card that “sings” to you? There is a battery in the card, as well. Before you dispose of the card, the battery must be removed and recycled. Batteries play such an important part in our daily lives that we seldom give them a second thought. There are more of them out there, both disposable and recyclable than we seldom, if ever, think about.

Many alkaline batteries lose their power before ever being used. Heat and time are not friends of batteries. Unused batteries do die over time. Many people store their batteries in a freezer to preserve and prolong the life of alkaline batteries.

I get a lot of questions every year concerning the recycling of batteries, as to what should be recycled and what can be put into landfill. Here in Fillmore County, the ordinary, run-of-the-mill alkaline batteries are not recyclable. They can become part of your landfill. All other batteries, mostly rechar .....
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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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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 stew ..... 
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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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