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Plastics


By LaVerne C. Paulson

Fri, Jan 11th, 2013
Posted in All Home & Garden

A lot of plastic passes through the recycling center here in Preston each week. Plastic containers are lightweight and strong, making them desirable for their durability. The most common containers that are recyclable are milk jugs, juice containers, soda bottles, and of course, the ever popular water bottle. These take up a lot of room in landfills, decompose extremely slowly, and should be recycled.

Plastic is chopped, shredded, cleaned, melted, pelletized, and manufactured into numerous new products. Some is made into insulation, fiber, carpet, strapping, auto parts, tennis balls, shower curtains, paintbrushes, and scouring pads. Some is made into detergent and motor oil bottles, bathroom stalls, plastic lumber for picnic tables and decks, drainage pipes and tile, landscape edging, recycling bins, and combs.

What plastics are recyclable? Things haven’t changed since the last time this topic was discussed. Most of the time, if it is a bottle or a jug, it should be recycled in Fillmore County. That also means that if it has a “1” or a “2” inside the “chasing arrows” on the bottom of the container, it is recyclable. Somewhere between twenty and thirty percent of plastic containers are ones. These are usually transparent or tinted and are used as pop, liquor, mouthwash, and cooking oil containers. The most commonly recycled plastics are twos. Fifty to sixty percent of all plastic bottles fall into this category. These are most commonly used for milk, juice, ice cream, or water. These two groups make up most of your recyclable plastic. Clamshell containers that contain grape tomatoes, blueberries, cherries, or blackberries are usually recyclable.

As I have mentioned many times before, number five plastic is not recyclable in Fillmore County. These are your cottage cheese, yogurt, margarine, and most whipped topping containers. These melt at a different temperature than the recyclable containers and are considered contaminants in many recycling programs. However, there are places in the Twin Cities, Wisconsin, and the East Coast where these are accepted, but here in Fillmore County they are considered landfill unless you can find some creative way to use them for storage around the house, school, or church. As most of you know, they are great containers for leftovers and some people are now taking one or two with them when they eat at a restaurant just in case they want to bring a portion of their meal .....
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Steel cans

By LaVerne C. Paulson

Fri, Dec 28th, 2012
Posted in All Home & Garden

Tin cans , as we know them, are not made of tin, but are really made of steel. But then, old habits are hard to break. Tin cans have been around since 1810. Soup, juice, vegetables, meat, coffee, evaporated milk, sardines, pet food, and pork and b ..... 
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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 p ..... 
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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’s 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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