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Recycling 101


By LaVerne C. Paulson

Fri, May 3rd, 2013
Posted in All Agriculture

By LaVerne C. Paulson

Recycling Education Coordinator

Used motor oil and used oil filters should be recycled. Recycling them will not only help save resources and energy, but will also protect the environment. I might also add that it is illegal to dispose of used motor oil or oil filters in the trash, on the land, or in the waters of Minnesota.

Motor oil and other automotive lubricants normally pick up lead, benzene, and other toxic contaminants through use. One gallon of oil can contaminate one million gallons of water. One gallon of oil can also create an eight acre oil slick that can kill countless little critters that live on or near the water surface.

Take used oil and filters to garages that accept them or bring them to the Resource Recovery Center in Preston for recycling. Do not mix the oil to be recycled with other wastes like anti-freeze or gasoline. Do not throw used oil filters in any trash or bury them on your farm. Do not spread used oil on driveways or roads for dust suppression.

Used motor oil can be placed into a container small enough for you to lift to pour the oil into the recycling tank at the Recovery Center. Used oil filters should be drained. The drained filter can be placed into a leak-proof container before bringing it to the Resource Recovery Center. There is no charge for recycling used motor oil, but there is a charge at the Recovery Center for oil filters...fifty cents for one quart or smaller and one dollar for filters larger than a quart.

It has been estimated that 30 percent of the population performs their own oil changes. Of these do-it-yourselfers, 35 percent dispose of used filters in the garbage. One ton of recycled oil filters produces 1700 pounds of high quality steel.

I am asked a lot of questions about batteries. Each of us owns at least one or two electronic devices that require batteries. Three billion, yes BILLION, batteries are sold each year in the United States. That averages out to thirty or forty per family. The proper disposal of dead batteries can be confusing. Can they be thrown out in the landfill garbage, or must they be recycled? I am sure you are aware that batteries contain cadmium, mercury, copper, zinc, lead, manganese, nickel, or lithium. These nasty creatures can get into our air and water if buried or burned. Burning not only releases deadly gasses into the air, but burning batteries have been know .....
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New Board of Animal Health rules address needs of today

Fri, May 3rd, 2013
Posted in All Agriculture

ST. PAUL, MN - The Minnesota Board of Animal Health today announced that its new rules are now in effect. The Board has been working with livestock groups to adopt rules that allow the Board to control diseases and are sensible for Minnesota farmers ..... 
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Youth Tractor Safety Classes Offered

Wed, May 1st, 2013
Posted in All Agriculture

The twenty-fourth joint annual youth tractor safety training is being planned for Tuesday, June 4 through Friday, June 7. The training sessions begin at 8:30 a.m. and will end at 2:30 p.m. each day. Brad Harguth, Caledonia High School Ag Instructor ..... 
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Another sinkhole

Fri, Apr 26th, 2013
Posted in Fountain Agriculture

As most passers-by on Highway 52, just North of Fountain, Minn., have noticed in recent days a fairly large sinkhole has opened up about a quarter mile outside of town on the West side of the road. Being conspicuously placed along the roadside it h ..... 
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MnWARN coordinators visit Fillmore County for presentation

By Mitchell Walbridge

Fri, Apr 26th, 2013
Posted in Rushford Agriculture

Nearly six years later, the vivid images of the devastating floods of 2007 are still fresh in the minds of many across southeastern Minnesota, especially those who lived in the community of Rushford at the time. Even though seventeen inches of rain ..... 
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Rushford offers option for MPCA issue

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Apr 26th, 2013
Posted in Rushford Agriculture

By Kirsten Zoellner The 814 North Mill Street property of Jon Dammen has been on Rushford’s radar for a number of years. A remaining private septic system within the city limits, it has been racking up fines from Minnesota Pollution Control Agenc ..... 
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When Spring comes, it will be nuts!

By Jerrold Tesmer

Fri, Apr 26th, 2013
Posted in All Agriculture

We all know that spring will come! When it does, every farmer will be putting in long hours to get the crop planted. A few years ago, University of Illinois Extension Safety Specialist Bob Aherin said taking a break can actually be one of the best t ..... 
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SWCD staff seeks to detect flush of pollutants into Root River

Fri, Apr 26th, 2013
Posted in All Agriculture

When snow melts or rain falls, the water picks up pollutants as it drains across land to a stream. Measuring that flush of pollutants can be tricky because some stream water levels rise and fall so quickly - in a matter of hours. It’s also importa ..... 
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Collapsed manure pit creates water safety concerns

By Mitchell Walbridge

Fri, Apr 19th, 2013
Posted in Canton Agriculture

Late on the evening of Sunday, April 14 a manure spill was reported in Fillmore County near the rural community of Canton. Between 9:00 and 10:00 p.m. the caller had reported that a fractured wall of an above-ground manure pit had collapsed, releasi ..... 
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