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Recycling 101


Fri, Nov 15th, 2013
Posted in All Home & Garden

By LaVerne C. Paulson

Recycling Education Coordinator

Another America Recycles Day has come and gone. I am sure most of you made some changes in your recycling habits. I would also like to remind you that you don’t have to wait until ARD next year to make changes in becoming a more conscientious recycler. Perhaps in the following article you may find another small, but meaningful, way to make your recycling process better.

There is tons of information available on recycling. I don’t expect you to spend several hours a week learning what is recyclable and why or why not. For nearly six years, I have been sharing much of the information that comes across my desk with the residents of Fillmore County by writing the articles that appear in the Fillmore County Journal. Some of today’s information has been discussed more than once, but perhaps in a somewhat different light. Please read on...you may learn something new.

The “chasing arrows” symbol is found on almost every piece of the seven, yes seven, different forms of plastic material. The presence of the symbol does not mean the item is recyclable. If you cannot find the symbol with a number inside, consider it unrecyclable. The hard plastic that is used in most children’s toys and deck furniture is not a “1” or a “2” and is not meant to be recycled. Take all plastic bags back to a store that accepts them for recycling. The bags you bring to the recycling center in Preston and deposit in the red bin do not get recycled. Better yet, cloth or canvas bags are much stronger and seem to last forever. They also demonstrate the fact that you are concerned with the environment and our precious natural resources.

We are still getting a great number of milk jugs, soda bottles, and water bottles that still have the caps on them. The caps are not recyclable...put them in your landfill garbage, and recycle the bottle or jug. Give your milk jugs a quick rinse, and dispose of any remaining soda or water remaining in the bottles.

Someone asked me about removing that little rubber seal inside the steel cap of a pickle, olive, or spaghetti type jar. It is not necessary to remove the rubber seal because the heat that is necessary to melt steel is more than capable of destroying the seal along with the label and a few small morsels of food. Please continue to give your steel cans and glass jars a quick rinse to get rid of most .....
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Recycling 101

By LaVerne C. Paulson

Fri, Oct 25th, 2013
Posted in All Home & Garden

In an article published in August, I mentioned I would write an America Recycles Day article to review some recycling information and give a few examples of how a majority of us can improve many of our recycling habits a little or a lot. Fillmore C ..... 
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Be safe and save money!

Fri, Oct 25th, 2013
Posted in All Home & Garden

ROSEMOUNT, Minn.- The heating season is long and your heating equipment will be working hard to ensure the contentment of living in a warm, efficient and safe home this winter. An inspection and tune up of your heating system by a qualified techn ..... 
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American Red Cross issues steps to prevent home fires

Fri, Oct 18th, 2013
Posted in All Home & Garden

ROCHESTER, Minn. — The biggest disaster threat to American families isn’t floods, hurricanes or tornadoes; it’s fire. The American Red Cross responds to a disaster every eight minutes and nearly all of these are home fires. The Southern Min ..... 
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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 approximatel ..... 
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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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