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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 information in the next few paragraphs that I hope clears things up a bit without becoming even more complicated.

When bringing plastic containers to the Recycling Center here in Preston and for most curb side recycling in the county, the only two types we usually want are the ones with the number “1” or number “2” inside the “chasing arrows” symbol on the bottom of the container. All other numbers should be included in your landfill garbage at this time, except for a few cities that accepting plastics 1-7. If you have not been advised otherwise, continue to recycle “1” and “2” plastic only. At least 97% of all plastic products have the recycling symbol on them, but if the number inside the symbol is 3 through 7, Fillmore County does not recycle that material at this time.

There is, however, an exception to number “2” plastic. Plastic shopping and grocery bags are number “2”. We don’t want them in our recyclable material. Neither does the machine in the Twin Cities that separates the different materials. I know you have read this before, but it bears repeating. Plastic bags of all sorts wrap around shafts, gears, and pulleys and cause all kinds of slow downs and break downs.

Recyclables are not to be placed into any form of plastic bags and left on the curb for pick-up. Plastic bags are not to be filled with recyclables and deposited in the rural containers. If you bring your recyclables to the Recycling Center in garbage bags, as many people do, please empty them and either take them home to reuse or place them in the red bin marked for “Plastic Bags Only”. The contents of the red bin are not recycled, but instead are buried in a landfill.

Plastic bags aren’t the only unwanted plastic products we find here at the Recycling Center. Children’s toys, deck furniture, bale twine, tarps, silage bags, flower pots, and automobile parts frequently appear among the recyclables. We are still seeing a lot of styrofoam that should be included in your landfill garbage.

More recyclable plastic, mainly soda and water bottles, ends up in landfills than any other recyclable material. It has been estimated .....
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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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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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