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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 recyclable material are brought to the Recycling Center every week. All of it finds its way here by one of three methods. I would like to share some information on each of these methods and why different ones work so well for different residents.

Curbside collection brings in a lot of the material. For our county residents who have curbside collection available to them, it is a very convenient way to get their recyclables to the recycling center. There are several solid waste haulers in Fillmore County that make their way through our cities each week collecting recyclables from a majority of the households. All sorts of containers filled with recyclable items are left near the curb to be emptied into trucks or trailers. Residents with access to an alley will often use the alternate alley collection. Recyclables cannot be placed in bags, but must be in a plastic or metal container, a paper bag or cardboard box, or bin to be emptied directly into the waste hauler’s truck or trailer. Recyclables in plastic bags will not be collected on recycling day.

There are six locations throughout the county where you can find Rural Recycling Containers. These are very large green “roll-off” containers that measure 24 feet long, eight feet wide, and five feet high. There are eight openings on the top, covered by hinged doors, where you can deposit your recyclables. All of your recyclable glass, steel, tin, aluminum, and plastic can be dumped directly into the container. No plastic bags are to be deposited into the rural containers, so dump your recyclables out of your plastic bags and take the bags home with you. You may also use these rural containers for recycling all forms of paper, including cardboard. Just drop it into any of the eight openings If you are going to recycle shredded paper, do not put it in a plastic bag and throw it into the roll-off. Shredded paper should be contained within a paper bag or enclosed in a cardboard box to keep it from blowing around the countryside.

Each of these large containers is loaded onto trucks and brought to the Recycling Center at least once a week. Here they are unloaded into one of the bins at the Recycling Center, then taken bac .....
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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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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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Recycling 101

By LaVerne C. Paulson

Fri, Jul 26th, 2013
Posted in All Home & Garden

By LaVerne C. Paulson, Recycling Education Coordinator From time to time, residents of Fillmore County ask me about common household items that are NOT recyclable. This article will deal with many of them and why they should be landfilled rather ..... 
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Cash for a Cause

Fri, Jul 19th, 2013
Posted in All Home & Garden

ROCHESTER, Minn., — American Red Cross Launches National Vehicle Donation Program. The American Red Cross wants your old cars. They can use your old snowmobiles, RVs, motorcycles, boats, tractors and jet skis, too. They don’t even have to work. ..... 
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Fillmore County Flood Damage Update

Fri, Jul 12th, 2013
Posted in All Home & Garden

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and Minnesota Homeland Security and Emergency Management (HSEM) officials visited Fillmore County on Wednesday, July 10, 2013. At the end of the day, they agreed that preliminary public infrastructure damag ..... 
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Recycling 101

By LaVerne C. Paulson

Fri, Jul 12th, 2013
Posted in All Home & Garden

By LaVerne C. Paulson Recycling Education Coordinator The Fillmore County Resource Recovery Center gets numerous telephone calls each month from our residents wondering what it’s going to cost them to dispose of different items they no longer ne ..... 
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Be aware of all requirements when clearing trees

Fri, Jun 21st, 2013
Posted in All Home & Garden

When clear cutting more than 10,000 square feet of land (or an area equivalent to 100’ x 100’), the Fillmore County Soil Erosion Control Ordinance requires that the Fillmore County Zoning Office is contacted for a permit. Many areas are being c ..... 
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