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Recycling 101


By LaVerne C. Paulson

Fri, Oct 11th, 2013
Posted in All Home & Garden

Once again, the people of Fillmore County demonstrated their concern for the environment on October 1, by participating in the Fall Household Hazardous Waste Day held at the Fillmore County Resource Recovery Center. Hazardous waste from approximately 225 households was collected during the five hour event.

If you missed the party on the first, there will be another the first Tuesday in May of 2014. That happens to be the sixth of May, and then of course, as usual, there should be one the first Tuesday of October in 2014 as well. We realize many of you could not attend for one reason or another, but rest assured, we plan to be waiting for your more than generous donations of nasty stuff next year in either May or October, or both.

Please allow me to share a few paragraphs with you to answer questions that seem to come up at each HHW event. Hopefully, this will make collecting your waste and transporting it to the Recovery Center a bit easier. Let’s discuss batteries first. Your ordinary, run of the mill, alkaline batteries do not have to be recycled. They should be included in your landfill garbage. However, button batteries like the ones used in hearing aids, watches, and some television remotes need to be recycled. Also, any battery that is rechargeable must be recycled, not thrown in the garbage. Many of them contain cadmium, an chemical element you don’t want in the air, ground, or water. You can bring batteries to the Recovery Center throughout the year, not just on HHW Day. If you are not sure, bring them to us and we will determine if they are to be recycled.

There are always questions on aerosol cans. We want only the ones that have something left in them, be it paint, bug spray, or oven cleaner. If they are empty, simply throw them in with your landfill garbage. Once empty, they are more or less harmless. Which leads me to paint. Each HHW day, we get hundreds, many hundreds of paint cans. The same goes for paint cans as aerosol cans. If the paint can is empty and what was left in it has dried up, dispose of it in your landfill garbage. It too is relatively harmless at this point.

If the paint can is rusty and the label is missing, we still want it. However, if the can is leaking or is threatening to leak, place it into a plastic bag or two to keep the contents from dripping all over your vehicle, the floor and tables at the Recovery Center, and perhaps even the workers. Many, many contai .....
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MN housing owner rehabilitation loans

Fri, Oct 11th, 2013
Posted in All Home & Garden

Semcac, a Community Action Agency serving southeastern Minnesota, has funds available through Minnesota Housing for housing rehabilitation loans for eligible homeowners in Dodge, Fillmore, Freeborn, Houston, Steele and Winona counties and the City o ..... 
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Citizen’s report calls for frac sand environmental impact statement to be rigorous and comprehensive

Fri, Sep 20th, 2013
Posted in All Home & Garden

LEWISTON, Minn. - An upcoming environmental review of the biggest frac sand mining project ever proposed in southeast Minnesota must not only examine impacts on air, water and economics, but should also require full disclosure of the proposers’ bu ..... 
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Recycling 101

By LaVerne C. Paulson

Fri, Sep 20th, 2013
Posted in All Home & Garden

By LaVerne C. Paulson, Recycling Education Coordinator Days are getting shorter. Nights are getting cooler. Leaves are starting to change color. Birds and butterflies are beginning to migrate south. Autumn is upon us once again, and with it comes t ..... 
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Discover the ways to fireproof a home

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

A house fire can engulf and destroy a home in a matter of minutes. Even with the fast-acting response of firefighters, a home that has caught fire may be irreparably damaged by flames, soot and water. Fire is no laughing matter, and it behooves home ..... 
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Recycling 101

By LaVerne C. Paulson

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

By LaVerne C. Paulson, Recycling Education Coordinator Recycling at the Fillmore County Fair was very successful again this year. It has been estimated that somewhere between 6,000 and 7,000 beverage bottles and cans were collected and recycled. A ..... 
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Recycling 101

By LaVerne C. Paulson

Fri, Aug 23rd, 2013
Posted in All Home & Garden

By LaVerne C. Paulson, Recycling Education Coordinator I am often asked where all the stuff that is found here in the Recycling Center comes from. The shortest and easiest answer is homes and businesses of Fillmore County. Tons and tons of recycla ..... 
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Alliant Energy reminds Minnesota residents on 8/11 to call 811 before digging

Mon, Aug 12th, 2013
Posted in All Home & Garden

ALBERT LEA, Minn. - Aug. 9, 2013 – With August 11 almost here, Alliant Energy hopes this date on the calendar, 8/11, will serve as a natural reminder for everyone to call 811 before they dig. Calling 811 helps prevent potentially dangerous accide ..... 
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Recycling 101

By LaVerne C. Paulson

Fri, Aug 9th, 2013
Posted in All Home & Garden

By LaVerne C. Paulson, Recycling Education Coordinator I am often asked where all the stuff that is found here in the Recycling Center comes from. The shortest and easiest answer is homes and businesses of Fillmore County. Tons and tons of recycla ..... 
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