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Recycling 101 - 1.20.14


By LaVerne C. Paulson

Fri, Jan 17th, 2014
Posted in All Home & Garden

Fillmore County’s next Household Hazardous Waste Day is a few months away, but I would like to pass this information on to you at this time and answer some of the questions you may have about hazardous waste. As most of you are aware, Fillmore County holds two Household Hazardous Waste Collection Days each year, on the first Tuesday of May and the first Tuesday of October. The 2014 dates are May 6 and October 7. These collection days are held at the Resource Recovery Center in Preston. Another article will published in April to give you a little more advance notice to decide what you plan to donate to the cause.

Joe E. Heimlich from Ohio State University Extension in Columbus, Ohio, has published a fact sheet on HHW. Some of the following information has been gleaned from that article, as well as what I have shared with you many times over the last five or six years.

There is a pretty good chance that every household in Fillmore County has some hazardous materials. When they are no longer wanted or needed, these materials should be disposed of properly during one of our HHW collection days. The Resource Recovery Center’s notice in the newspaper a couple weeks before HHW Day will list the most common hazardous wastes and what will be accepted at the collection. If you are not sure something is hazardous, call the Recovery Center (507) 765-4704, or send me an e-mail lpaulson@co.fillmore.mn.us and we will try to answer your questions. Or, just bring it to the collection and the staff will determine if it stays with us or goes home with you. Please remember that these collections are for household waste only and do not include agricultural or business waste.

Some, but not all hazardous materials will have a warning of some sort on the label. “Wear gloves,” “Do not store near heat or open flame,” and “Use only in well ventilated room” are a few of the clues that something is indeed hazardous. Please be aware of these warnings when storing or using these materials.

Don’t buy more of something than you plan to use. If you have an excess amount, sometimes a neighbor can use the leftovers, but be sure the product is in its original container with the label intact. Any precautionary information that may have accompanied the container should also be given to the new user.

Never burn or dump any hazardous wastes on the ground. Do no .....
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January 2014 declared “National Radon Action Month”

Fri, Jan 10th, 2014
Posted in All Home & Garden

January 2014 is has been declared “National Radon Action Month” according to the Environmental Protection Agency. Health agencies throughout the United States have joined forces to promote awareness of the leading cause of lung cancer for non-sm ..... 
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Recycling 101

By LaVerne C. Paulson

Thu, Dec 26th, 2013
Posted in All Home & Garden

Many of the residents of Fillmore County have been recycling for more than three decades. During this time, there have been many changes in the recycling practices and procedures. Some of us can remember when newspapers and aluminum cans were the ma ..... 
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Recycling 101

By LaVerne C. Paulson

Fri, Dec 13th, 2013
Posted in All Home & Garden

The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) has recently completed a study on the garbage Minnesotans are throwing away rather than recycling. The last study of this kind was done in 2000. A November 17 article written by Josephine Marcotty of th ..... 
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Habitat for Humanity open house

Fri, Dec 6th, 2013
Posted in All Home & Garden

WINONA, Minn. – Habitat for Humanity Winona-Fillmore Counties is hosting a Holiday Open House on Wednesday, December 18 from noon to 7 p.m. All are invited to attend this celebration commemorating the work of Habitat for Humanity in the past (almo ..... 
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Recycling 101

By LaVerne C. Paulson

Fri, Nov 29th, 2013
Posted in All Home & Garden

One of the basic rules of recycling is to keep your materials as clean and as dry as possible. Wet newspaper and cardboard can get really messy and excessive food and drink left in cans and bottles stored in that container at your house tend to sme ..... 
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LED holiday lights: An energy and money-saving tradition

Thu, Nov 21st, 2013
Posted in All Home & Garden

Replacing traditional incandescent decorative lights with high-efficient LED (light-emitting diode) bulbs is one great way to conserve energy during the holidays. When shopping for holiday lights, look for the ENERGY STAR® label to ensure that th ..... 
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Root River Floral celebrates Caring Rose Week

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Nov 15th, 2013
Posted in Rushford Home & Garden

“Holidays, happiness, family… hunger?” Next week, we’ll all sidle up to the table, give thanks for our blessings, and dive in. In the midst of so much, it’s possible to forget that there are those not so fortunate. This week, National Hu ..... 
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Recycling 101

Fri, Nov 15th, 2013
Posted in All Home & Garden

By LaVerne C. Paulson Recycling Education Coordinator Another America Recycles Day has come and gone. I am sure most of you made some changes in your recycling habits. I would also like to remind you that you don’t have to wait until ARD next ye ..... 
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