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Recycling 101 - 3.09.15


By LaVerne C. Paulson

Mon, Mar 9th, 2015
Posted in All Home & Garden

Most of you who read these Recycling 101 articles are interested in recycling trends and how you can improve your recycling habits. My goal as I write these articles is to assist you doing that and let you know why recycling is so very important to all of us. If a lot of the following sounds familiar, this is a recycled article from 2010 that I feel some of you will find interesting once again. There is, however, some new stuff thrown in along the way.

The Recycling Association of Minnesota, Recycle Across America, Recycle More Minnesota, and the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency have shared this information with me and I will now pass a few bits and pieces on to you.

Minnesota has one of the highest recycling rates in the nation. You have to feel good about that. Minnesota’s recycling rate is in the forty-five percent area, well above the national average. Our goal is to get to fifty percent in the next few years which is very possible if the people of Fillmore County and the rest of the state make a serious effort to improve their recycling habits.

Here are a few bits of information for you to ponder in your spare time. Five plastic bottles can be recycled to provide enough fiber to create one square foot of carpet or enough fiber to fill one ski jacket. Americans throw away two and a half million plastic bottles every hour. In 1976, each American drank about one and one-half gallons of bottled water. That number is now nearing thirty gallons. Recycling one ton of plastic bottles saves the equivalent energy usage of a two person household for one year. At the present time, only twelve percent of plastic bottles are recycled.

Americans throw away enough office paper each year to build a twelve foot high wall from Seattle to New York. Recycling a stack of newspaper three feet tall saves one tree. More than 37% of the fiber used to make new paper products in the United States comes from recycled sources.

Recycling one ton of cardboard saves 46 gallons of oil. Over 90% of all products shipped in the US are shipped in corrugated boxes, which totals more than 400 billion square feet of cardboard in a year. That amount of cardboard would cover the entire area of Fillmore County more than sixteen times, and would be two and one-half inches thick. That is a lot of cardboard and a lot of trees if recycled material is not used.

The recycling of clothing is also important. The S .....
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Recycling 101 - 2.23.15

By LaVerne C. Paulson

Mon, Feb 23rd, 2015
Posted in All Home & Garden

Looking back in my files, I found some information from Oberlin College in Ohio that I shared with you almost a decade ago. I am quite sure some of these numbers have changed a bit since then, perhaps for the better. Please read these and see if ..... 
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Free radon and nitrate testing

Mon, Feb 23rd, 2015
Posted in All Home & Garden

Radon gas is found in over half of Fillmore County homes. Radon causes lung cancer. Testing your home for radon is easy, inexpensive, and quick. To get a free radon kit you can attend the pick-up site below or download and submit a request form o ..... 
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Recycling 101

By LaVerne C. Paulson

Mon, Feb 9th, 2015
Posted in All Home & Garden

Recycling Education Coordinator This article will deal with the recycling of aluminum. Producing pure aluminum from bauxite ore is quite expensive. Recycling aluminum, especially beverage cans is much more economical. It takes 95% less energy to ..... 
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SMIF provides loan to Featherstone Fruits and Vegetables LLC

Mon, Feb 9th, 2015
Posted in Rushford Home & Garden

RUSHFORD, MN - Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation (SMIF) has recently approved funding from its Small Enterprise Loan Fund to Featherstone Fruits and Vegetables in Rushford. Featherstone is a family-operated farm, owned by Jack Hedin and his ..... 
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Landscape designer Charles Seha receives MNLA award for Excellence In Landscape

Mon, Feb 9th, 2015
Posted in Chatfield Home & Garden

Several members of the Minnesota Nursery and Landscape Association (MNLA) were recently honored with the 2015 MNLA award for Excellence In Landscape. Among those honored was landscape designer Charles Seha. A panel of practicing professionals in l ..... 
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Free radon and nitrate testing

Mon, Feb 2nd, 2015
Posted in All Home & Garden

Radon gas is found in over half of Fillmore County homes. Radon causes lung cancer. Testing your home for radon is easy, inexpensive, and quick. During February and March, you may pick up a free kit from one of the radon and nitrate testing clini ..... 
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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 ..... 
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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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