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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 main items. Today, most of your household waste, by volume, is recyclable, greatly reducing the amount of real garbage you send to the landfill.

In an article I wrote in 2008, Minnesota’s recycling goal was to reach 50 percent, and Fillmore County’s goal was 35 percent. Recent reports show that both these rates are on the verge of being met, if not actually achieved. The residents of Fillmore County and the entire state of Minnesota are to be commended for their efforts. As more individuals better understand the true benefits of recycling, and the impact it will have on the environment and their grandchildren, these rates will continue to rise. Fillmore County can certainly set 40 percent as its next goal in a few short years.

Over the years, we have made the art of recycling much more “user friendly.” There was a time when you needed an aluminum container, a tin can container, a plastic container, and separate containers for brown glass, green glass, and clear glass. There were usually different days for different recyclables to be picked up. Newspapers and other forms of paper were either tied neatly in bundles or placed in paper grocery bags for curbside pickup.

Then came two-sort recycling. It was much easier with only two kinds of recyclables, fibers and rigids. Instead of all kinds of containers, only two were needed and all you had to remember was what recyclable was being picked up each week. Most of us thought it couldn’t get much easier than that.

But it did. In 2011, Fillmore County began single stream recycling. Now there is no sorting and no wondering what is going to get picked up this week, or next. All recyclables go into the same bin here in Preston, are taken to Rochester, sent to the Cities, and then separated by a very large machine. To seasoned fiber and rigid recyclers, single stream recycling makes the recycling center look a bit on the messy side with everything mixed together, but trust me, it does get separated and it does get sent to different factories, mostly in Minnesota, to get made into new, recycled products that are back on store shelves in just a few short weeks.

Curbside recycling, which is availabl .....
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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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Recycling 101

By LaVerne C. Paulson

Fri, Oct 25th, 2013
Posted in All Home & Garden

In an article published in August, I mentioned I would write an America Recycles Day article to review some recycling information and give a few examples of how a majority of us can improve many of our recycling habits a little or a lot. Fillmore C ..... 
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Be safe and save money!

Fri, Oct 25th, 2013
Posted in All Home & Garden

ROSEMOUNT, Minn.- The heating season is long and your heating equipment will be working hard to ensure the contentment of living in a warm, efficient and safe home this winter. An inspection and tune up of your heating system by a qualified techn ..... 
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