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Recycling 101 - 5.11.15


By LaVerne C. Paulson

Mon, May 11th, 2015
Posted in All Home & Garden

Several times each week, I receive e-mails having to do with a variety of recycling information. Thank goodness they come by way of the internet and not printed or we would be losing quite a few more trees each year. Frequently, messages comes from the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) or the Recycling Association of Minnesota (RAM) that contain recycling news that is pertinent to Fillmore County.

A recent message from the MPCA contained information that I think you will find interesting and informative. Many of you have asked me how much stuff is brought to the recycling center from Fillmore County households and businesses. My answer is usually, “a lot”. The information I will share with you today is not the weight of the recyclables, but the percentages by weight that has been averaged from numbers across the entire state. Are you confused yet? Trust me, the next few paragraphs should make this a bit clearer.

Let’s start with corrugated cardboard. Cardboard accounts for thirteen percent of what is brought to the Recycling Center. Besides cardboard, you have the boxboard such as cereal boxes and the like, the usual junk mail, hard cover books, magazines, empty paper towel rolls, and catalogs, telephone books, and paperback books. This is known as mixed paper and makes up twenty-eight percent of the pile. The other type of paper is, of course, newsprint and that makes up thirty percent. For you who are keeping track, paper is seventy-one percent, by weight.

Glass food and beverage containers total nineteen percent. Brown, green, and clear beverage bottles make up quite a bit of this group. Some of the glass jars that are recyclable once contained spaghetti sauce, dill pickles, sauerkraut, pickled okra, jams, jellies, peanut butter, pickled herring, olives, pickled pig’s feet and an anchovy or two, comprise the rest of the glass found here. Canning jars, window panes, table ware, and ceramics are not recyclable.

Mixed plastics account for five percent of the weight. They take up a lot of room, but don’t weigh too much. Here you have water bottles, soda bottles, ice cream pails, and all the rest of the number one and two plastics. Margarine containers, some ice cream container covers, yogurt containers, and cottage cheese containers still do not belong here.

Tied for last place with mixed plastics is metal. There are two kinds. Aluminum makes up a mere two percent. Not .....
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Fillmore County master gardeners

By Monica Ortner

Mon, May 11th, 2015
Posted in All Home & Garden

This garden season is off and warming up. Fillmore County has nine volunteers ready and willing to help you find answers to your lawn, garden, and flower care questions. As Extension master gardeners, we have been trained through the University of M ..... 
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Emerald ash borer arrives in Fillmore County

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, May 4th, 2015
Posted in All Home & Garden

In disappointing, but perhaps expected news, the slow crawl of emerald ash borer has made its way into the county. The City of Rushford recently noted at the Monday, April 27 council meeting that the invasive, destructive insect has been identified ..... 
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Recycling 101 - 4.6.15

By LaVerne C. Paulson

Mon, Apr 6th, 2015
Posted in All Home & Garden

Is this landfill garbage or is it recyclable? Where can I get rid of it? How much is it going to cost? Is this Household Hazardous Waste? If you have not contemplated one of these questions in the last few years, or perhaps the last few months, ..... 
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Hands-on opportunities to get creative this spring

Mon, Apr 6th, 2015
Posted in All Home & Garden

Would you like to learn about gardening for wellness of body, mind and spirit with renowned garden expert David Cavagnaro, while starting your own seedlings? Maybe you want to create a copper wire sculpture of a tree, using a twist and a bend here a ..... 
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Recycling 101 - 3.23.15

By LaVerne C. Paulson

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

Recycling Education Coordinator Today’s article concerns burn barrels and burning garbage in general. Even if you do not personally burn garbage, please read on. Most likely you are being affected one way or another. If you are still burning y ..... 
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Health officials recommend steps for private well owners to protect health, water

Mon, Mar 16th, 2015
Posted in All Home & Garden

Properly maintaining wells that tap into groundwater is critical for protecting personal health and the resource, say state health officials. National Groundwater Awareness Week, which was observed March 8-14, was established more than two decades a ..... 
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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 ..... 
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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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