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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 than recycled. Please keep in mind that individual counties throughout Minnesota have their own list of recyclable materials, so what may be accepted in Brown County or Itasca County may not be recyclable here in Fillmore County.

It has been said that if it looks like paper, feels like paper, and tastes like paper, it is most likely paper and is recyclable. This is not quite true. Perhaps more than 97 percent of the fiber that comes into your house is very recyclable. However, paper egg cartons are not because their fibers are too short to be made into new products. They do, however, make great compost, or give them to a friend who raises chickens. Most cardboard boxes that contain food or beverage kept in a refrigerator or freezer have a protective coating to keep them from falling apart where additional moisture may be found. Cardboard boxes used to take home pizzas are usually coated with foods and oils, especially on the covers, making them landfill material. Any part of the box that is dry and clean should be recycled. Tissue, paper towels, and candy wrappers are not meant to be recycled.

Steel/Tin cans are 100 percent recyclable, including the lids. A quick rinse and they are ready to recycle. The steel lids found on any jars of food purchased in a store are recyclable, as well as the jar itself.

Glass-like items that are not recyclable in Fillmore County are ovenware, home canning jars, window glass, mirrors, ceramics, pottery, and incandescent light bulbs. The problem here is with content and melting temperature.

Any plastic item or container that does not have a “1” or a “2” inside the chasing arrows on the bottom is not recyclable in this county. The melting points are different and they contaminate the large vats of good plastic. Most yogurt, cottage cheese containers, butter tubs and the like are not recyclable. Please make every effort to keep plastic bags of any kind out of recyclable material. Plastic bags brought to the recycling center and placed in the red bin for plastic bags are sent to the landfill. You may want to consider taking your grocery bags, bread bags, and such to one of the stores in the area that collects .....
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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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Red Cross to Offer Basic Disaster Class

Tue, May 21st, 2013
Posted in All Home & Garden

ROCHESTER, MN, MAY 21, 2013 — The American Red Cross relies on an extensive network of trained volunteers to respond to disasters like the tornadoes in Oklahoma this week. The Red Cross office in Rochester is offering its basic training course, “ ..... 
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Friends cut down 200-year-old tree in Lanesboro

Fri, May 17th, 2013
Posted in Lanesboro Home & Garden

By Jade Sexton The huge white oak tree fell over during a storm last summer in the backyard of Dona Conway. The fallen tree took up much of the backyard, and it remained there most of the summer until a group of Amish cut it up and hauled the brush ..... 
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Habitat is looking for Homeowners for A Brush with Kindness Home Repair Program. Limited spots available!

Wed, May 1st, 2013
Posted in All Home & Garden

Are you a low-income homeowner? Does your house need exterior paint or other exterior repairs? Do you need a new roof, siding or windows? Does your yard need new landscaping or fence repairs? Do you need a wheel chair ramp? If you (or someon ..... 
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Solar PV Workshop April 13

Tue, Apr 9th, 2013
Posted in All Home & Garden

The next event in the Off Grid Solar PV series will be a held on Saturday, April 13th, 12:30 p.m. at the home of Brian and Ruth Lavelle, located west of Caledonia and north of Spring Grove in Black Hammer township. The workshop will start with a sit ..... 
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