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Recycling Trivia


By LaVerne C. Paulson

Fri, Dec 7th, 2012
Posted in All Home & Garden

Many people in the recycling business keep sharing all kinds of information with us that some people find quite interesting. This article will contain a considerable amount of trivia dealing with recycling. Some of this information has appeared in previous articles, but a lot of it has surfaced in the last year or two. The sentences that make up the paragraphs will not all deal with the same subject, but fear not, this way, a lot of empty space is saved and I will be able to share much more information with you. I hope you find some of this informative and interesting.

The average American uses 650 pounds of paper each year. Aluminum beverage containers can be recycled forever with no loss of quality. Americans go through 2.5 million plastic bottles every hour. Each year Americans throw away more than twenty-five billion Styrofoam cups. Americans use 392 aluminum cans per person per year. Sixty five years ago, almost 100 percent of all beverage bottles were returnable. An American employee drinks about two and one-half cans of pop each day. Glass never wears out... it can be recycled forever.

Nearly fifty percent of aluminum cans were recycled in 2008. The average American uses almost 150 steel/tin cans each year. Each year, Americans use about one billiion plastic shopping bags that weigh nearly 300,000 tons. It takes one fifteen year old tree to produce 700 paper grocery bags. Four thousand years from now, a buried glass bottle will still be a glass bottle. Americans throw away enough aluminum every three months to rebuild our entire commercial air fleet. The average American creates at least 106 pounds of food waste each year.

A few years ago, 36 billion aluminum cans had been landfilled...scrap value of more than six hundred million dollars. Half of the polyester carpet made in the United States is made from recycled plastic. In America, we recycle more than 1,500 aluminum cans every second. Plastic bottles not exposed to sunlight (buried in a landfill) may not decompose for thousands of years. Americans recycle about thirteen millioin glass bottles and jars each day. Most bottles and jars contain at least 25 percent recycled glass.

Forty percent of the pure water you use in your house is flushed down the toilet. If all the glass bottles and jars collected through recycling in one year were laid end to end, they would reach to the moon and half way back again. Americans use 100,000,000 (one hundr .....
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Bathroom remodels that look like a million bucks - for $1,000 or less

Fri, Sep 7th, 2012
Posted in All Home & Garden

The bathroom is one room in the house where you can accomplish a lot with $1,000. Here are four updates and upgrades that cost less than 10 Ben Franklins, but can leave you feeling like a million bucks when you step into your new bath. Redo walls a ..... 
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High design with kids in mind

Fri, Sep 7th, 2012
Posted in All Home & Garden

For many years, creating family-friendly spaces meant sacrificing your design aesthetic. Thankfully, gone are the days when having children meant succumbing to a house full of bright-yellow bins and sofas wrapped in plastic. Today, new materials and ..... 
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Heat up Minnesota helping people stay warm this winter

Fri, Sep 7th, 2012
Posted in All Home & Garden

Lennox Industries is teaming together with the businesses that sell their products to give away 100 free furnaces throughout Minnesota. VIS Plumbing and Heating in Lanesboro and Harmony is part of that giveaway. Mike Willford, son of owner John W ..... 
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Tackling tile, loving a new look

Fri, Sep 7th, 2012
Posted in All Home & Garden

The pride and satisfaction derived from completing a home improvement project is realized each day - just by looking across the room. With a little sweat, hard work and some good design advice, an individual can save 30 to 40 percent of the cost ..... 
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New construction or remodeling?

Fri, Sep 7th, 2012
Posted in All Home & Garden

In Fillmore County, the number of new houses being built has gone down a little in 2012. There are still people getting building permits for additions, garages, sheds, or farm buildings, but those numbers are also down slightly in 2012. In 2010, ..... 
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Recycling 101

By LaVerne C. Paulson

Fri, Aug 31st, 2012
Posted in All Home & Garden

It is not too soon to start thinking about Fillmore County‚Äôs next Household Hazardous Waste event. As in the past, the fall event will be held on the first Tuesday of October. This year, the date is October 2. On that day, we will gladly accept yo ..... 
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On the look out for Japanese Beetles in Fillmore County

Fri, Jul 20th, 2012
Posted in All Home & Garden

By Shelly Skindelien, Fillmore County Extension, Master Gardener intern The Japanese beetle has made its arrival in Minnesota. This is a serious pest of turf and ornamental plants. Grubs feed on the roots of grass and adults feed on the foliage of ..... 
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Habitat for Humanity-Winona Fillmore Counties seeking a family for home currently under construction in Harmony

Mon, Jun 18th, 2012
Posted in Harmony Home & Garden

Habitat for Humanity-Winona Fillmore Counties is now accepting applications for the home currently under construction in Harmony. To qualify for a Habitat home, the family must currently be living in substandard housing, be unable to obtain a conven ..... 
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