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Recycling 101 - 8/22/16


By LaVerne C. Paulson

Mon, Aug 22nd, 2016
Posted in Preston The Great Outdoors

Today’s article contains information on three topics that I have received questions on recently. In the next few months, my plans are to write detailed articles dealing with each of these topics. They are batteries, medications, plastic bottles, and their caps. I believe a review of these topics would be beneficial.

Are batteries recyclable? Some are and some aren’t. The most common alkaline batteries, AA, AAA, C, D, and the like, are not recyclable in Fillmore County. They can be sent with your landfill garbage. The 9-volt alkaline battery, like the one in your smoke alarm, needs a little more attention. I have mentioned this in previous articles and I will mention it again in future articles. These batteries have been known to start fires if not stored or disposed of properly. When storing 9-volt batteries, keep them in the original packaging. Do not allow these batteries to come in contact with each other once out of the package. The posts have been known to cause sparks if a connection is made. It may be a good idea to wrap a “dead” 9-volt that isn’t really dead in tape and place in a zip lock bag before putting it in your landfill garbage.

Hearing aid batteries, all disc or button batteries, as well all rechargeable batteries are to be recycled. They are not meant to be landfilled, buried in your back yard, or drizzled down a gopher hole. Do not put them in your recycling container. They must be brought to the Resource Recovery Center in Preston or to a business that will accept them for recycling. Wireless phones, cameras, weed eaters, and most wireless tools use rechargeable batteries. Used hearing aid batteries should not be kept loose in a container touching other hearing aid batteries. They too can become hot and ignite the container. Before placing the battery in a container prior to taking it to be recycled, put a piece of tape on the front and back of the battery. This may sound like a waste of time and tape, but battery connections should be avoided.

Unwanted, unneeded, or outdated medicine must be disposed of properly. You really don’t want them lying around the house. As with the batteries, do not simply bury, burn, or flush them down the toilet. Some stores will take them back, but very few do. The following method works quite well. Place the medication, solid or liquid in a laundry detergent bottle. Take the bottle outside in case there is a chemical reaction that would release dang .....
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Recycling 101 - 8/8/16

By LaVerne C. Paulson

Mon, Aug 8th, 2016
Posted in Preston The Great Outdoors

By LaVerne C. Paulson Recycling Education Coordinator The Fillmore County Resource Recovery Center held its spring Household Hazardous Waste Day on May 3, 2016. Please allow me to share some results of this event as well as some information you m ..... 
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Friends of the Root River host float down the river

Mon, Jul 25th, 2016
Posted in Lanesboro The Great Outdoors

The Friends of the Root River (FORR) hosted a float down the Root River on July 16 with 18 participants. Six people rode in luxury on a raft owned by Mitch Gilbert of Lanesboro (shown in the picture), while the others paddled canoes and kayaks on t ..... 
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Recycling 101 - 7.4.16

By LaVerne C. Paulson

Mon, Jul 4th, 2016
Posted in All The Great Outdoors

By LaVerne C. Paulson Recycling Education Coordinator The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources publishes the Minnesota Conservation Volunteer six times a year. The May-June 2016 edition contains an article written by Keith Goetzman concernin ..... 
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Recycling 101 - 6/20/16

By LaVerne C. Paulson

Mon, Jun 20th, 2016
Posted in Preston The Great Outdoors

By LaVerne C. Paulson Recycling Education Coordinator A Recycling 101 article concerning several frequently asked recycling questions was published recently. This article will deal with a few more of these questions and comments. Do I have to c ..... 
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Money Creek Township gaining public park

Mon, Jun 20th, 2016
Posted in All The Great Outdoors

Recently, some people in the village of Money Creek have noticed that something’s afoot in the area around the Town Hall, and people have begun to ask questions. Well, here’s the story. Last year, the town supervisors approved the formation of ..... 
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Not just any old mushroom

Mon, Jun 6th, 2016
Posted in All The Great Outdoors

This prettier than usual mushroom was spotted on the Root River Bike trail near Peterson. Photo by Nancy Atkinson

Minnesota Deer Hunters Association Chapter supports Mabel-Canton Trap Team

Mon, May 23rd, 2016
Posted in All The Great Outdoors

Bluff Country Chapter of the Minnesota Deer Hunters Association donated $500.00 to the Mabel-Canton Trap team. Over 10,000 student participants from 319 high school teams will participate in the Minnesota State High School Clay Target League. This ..... 
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File before May 31 to run for SWCD supervisor

Mon, May 16th, 2016
Posted in All The Great Outdoors

Individuals concerned about water quality and soil erosion in Fillmore County should consider filing by May 31 to run for the position of supervisor of the Fillmore Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD). “Supervisors play an important role ..... 
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