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Recycling 101 - 3.3.14


By LaVerne C. Paulson

Fri, Feb 28th, 2014
Posted in All Home & Garden

There have been several questions concerning medicine disposal in the last few months. Today’s article will address this subject. Although medical waste has very little to do with recycling, the correct disposal of medicine is extremely important to the environment. Much of this information has been shared with you before, but a little review might be in order.

There is a pretty good chance that each of us has cleaned out our medicine cabinet, and either on purpose or by accident, disposed of medicines incorrectly. If you have flushed them down the toilet, poured them down your sink, threw them into a ditch, or dropped them into a gopher hole, you need to change your method of disposal. While flushing unwanted medicine does indeed prevent accidental human ingestion, many non-human organisms will most likely be negatively affected. Medicines are not environmentally friendly and will put many living things in your area, including your children, your grandchildren, your pets, wild birds and other animals, and you at risk.

Medicines can harm beneficial bacteria found in septic systems on farms and municipal wastewater treatment plants. These bacteria are responsible for breaking down waste. To make matters worse, many of these drugs are not destroyed as they pass through the septic tank or the treatment plant. They are then released into nearby creeks and rivers, exposing aquatic life to unwanted medications, hormones, and steroids. Those frogs, found in Minnesota waters several years ago that had acquired extra legs, may very well have been offspring of generations of ancestors who were exposed to very small amounts of drugs over a period of several years, changing their genetic patterns.

How do you dispose of this stuff without endangering the environment? Place pills and liquids into a laundry detergent bottle or plastic pop bottle. Add an inch or two of water. Allow the tablets and capsules to dissolve. Then add a few spoons of flour, charcoal, dirt, or kitty litter (used, if you have it) to discourage anyone from consuming the mixture. Place the top on the container securely and add it to your landfill garbage. Over the counter medications, as well as pharmaceuticals, can be disposed of this way. Do not put this with your recycling. Do not store medication that you have no intention of ever using.

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Energy assistance program participation encouraged by Minnesota Energy Resources

Thu, Feb 20th, 2014
Posted in All Home & Garden

ROSEMOUNT, Minn. - Minnesota Energy Resources is encouraging customers who may be eligible for the State of Minnesota’s Energy Assistance Program, to apply as soon as possible. Senior customers who may be having difficulty paying higher winter bil ..... 
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Keep vents, air inlets clear of snow, ice to keep furnaces operating safely

Thu, Feb 20th, 2014
Posted in All Home & Garden

The Department of Commerce is encouraging Minnesotans to keep furnace exhaust vents, air intake hoods, and chimneys clear of snow and ice in order to keep the heat on and prevent carbon monoxide poisoning. Homeowners with high-efficiency furnaces ..... 
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Take a minute to clear snow and ice from your gas meter

Thu, Feb 20th, 2014
Posted in All Home & Garden

ALBERT LEA, Minn. – Now more than ever, make sure you carefully clear snow from your natural gas meter and furnace vent. With the substantial amounts of snow in recent storms, and the high winds, Alliant Energy crews are reporting several meters ..... 
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Frozen pipes plague Fillmore County residents

By Angie Rodenburg

Fri, Feb 14th, 2014
Posted in All Home & Garden

Fillmore County has been plagued by a brutally cold winter. It’s the kind of cold that takes your breath away and makes you want to stay at home under a pile of blankets. However, the issues that the subzero temperatures cause have made their way ..... 
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Governor Dayton expands eligibility for heating assistance

Fri, Feb 7th, 2014
Posted in All Home & Garden

As many residents of Minnesota are feeling the pinch of sky-rocketing propane costs, Governor Mark Dayton announced on Tuesday, February 4, 2014 that he has taken action to expand eligibility for the Minnesota’s heating assistance program by signi ..... 
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Recycling 101 - 2.10.14

By LaVerne C. Paulson

Fri, Feb 7th, 2014
Posted in All Home & Garden

Most of you are aware that there are six sites throughout the county where you will find the large, green rural recycling containers. Hundreds of Fillmore County residents prefer to deposit their recyclables in one of these containers rather than d ..... 
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Fire deaths drop in 2013: Education will help save more lives this year

Fri, Feb 7th, 2014
Posted in All Home & Garden

ST. PAUL, Minn. — The number of people killed in fires last year is down 14 percent from 2012, according to preliminary numbers from the Minnesota Department of Public Safety State Fire Marshal Division (SFMD). There were 43 fire fatalities in 2 ..... 
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Nitrate Testing

Fri, Jan 31st, 2014
Posted in All Home & Garden

On Saturday, February 8 from 10 a.m. until noon the National Trout Center (NTC), along with the Fillmore County Soil & Water Conservation District (SWCD) and Fillmore County Community Health will conduct nitrate testing of water and provide informat ..... 
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