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Why we recycle


By LaVerne C. Paulson

Fri, Feb 22nd, 2013
Posted in All Arts & Culture

LaVerne C. Paulson

Recycling Education Coordinator

The Environmental Protection Agency of the United States and another group known as “Green Living” have made a lot of this information available for me to share with you. I realize you have heard or read some of this material more than once before, but a little review is sometimes good.

Throughout the United States, the recycling rate is about 34 percent. The State of Washington is in first place with fifty percent and Minnesota is in the top five with a little more than forty percent. As you know, the residents of Minnesota and we, here in Fillmore County, recycle a lot of stuff. However, nationally, we landfill more than fifty-four percent of the stuff we throw away, much of the stuff that scores of businesses throughout the state could use to make new products more economically.

Recycling is the process of collecting and processing materials that would otherwise be thrown away as trash and turning them into new products. Recycling benefits your community and the environment. The more we recycle, the less is sent to landfills. Recycling conserves natural resources such as timber, water, and minerals.

Recycling prevents many forms of pollution, saves energy, and reduces the need to collect new raw materials. Recycling reduces greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to global climate change. Recycling helps sustain the environment for future generations. Of course, recycling helps create well-paying jobs in the recycling and manufacturing industries in Minnesota and throughout the United States.

Here is some information on plastic bottles that I would like you to think about. Every day, consumers discard more than sixty million (60,000,000) plastic water bottles. These bottles litter highways, clog waterways, or end up in incineration and landfills. Plastic, buried in landfills can take up to 700 years to decompose.

Meeting consumer demand for water bottles in the United States requires more than 15 million barrels of oil each year for manufacturing, transport and disposal. That is enough oil to fuel approximately 1,000,000 cars for an entire year.

Plastic bottles are one of the least recycled materials in the United States. The Recycling Institute states that very few plastic bottles sold in the United States were recycled in 2004. If every American household recycled one out of every ten HD .....
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The 2nd Annual March Meltdown for Habitat for Humanity is just around the corner

Fri, Feb 22nd, 2013
Posted in Harmony Arts & Culture

Make plans to come to Wheeler’s Bar and Grill in Harmony on Saturday, March 2nd for the March Meltdown festivities and support Habitat for Humanity. The afternoon begins with a double elimination bean bag tournament beginning at 3:00pm. The ent ..... 
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Book signing in Harmony

Fri, Feb 15th, 2013
Posted in Harmony Arts & Culture

The Harmony Arts Board is sponsoring a Book Signing event on Saturday, February 23 at the Community Center, Meeting Room #1 from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. with an “Author Speak” time set for 1:30. Harmony native, Amy Hahn will be in town with two o ..... 
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Lanesboro Community Theater’s production of Leaving Iowa

Fri, Feb 15th, 2013
Posted in Lanesboro Arts & Culture

Rehearsals for Lanesboro Community Theater’s (LCT) production of Leaving Iowa are well underway and director Barbara Benson Keith reports that everyone is having a great time. Leaving Iowa, by Tim Clue and Spike Manton, is a hilarious sentimental ..... 
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Book signing in Harmony

Fri, Feb 15th, 2013
Posted in Harmony Arts & Culture

The Harmony Arts Board is sponsoring a Book Signing event on Saturday, February 23 at the Community Center, Meeting Room #1 from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. with an “Author Speak” time set for 1:30. Harmony native, Amy Hahn will be in town with two o ..... 
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Portrait painter and musician Matt Duckett will be Lanesboro Art Center’s 36th Artist in Residence

Fri, Feb 15th, 2013
Posted in Lanesboro Arts & Culture

Since its inception in 2001 with the first artist Erik Pearson, Lanesboro Arts Center has brought 35 artists to Lanesboro for Artist Residencies. Artist #36 will soon be here: Matt Duckett is a portrait painter and musician from LaCrosse, Wisc. He w ..... 
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Dancing returns to Potter Auditorium

Fri, Feb 15th, 2013
Posted in Chatfield Arts & Culture

The Chatfield Center for the Arts has recently completed the refinishing of the stage floor at Potter Auditorium and has decided to “show it off” by hosting a dance on Sunday, February 24 from 6-9 p.m. Music will be provided by the Memory Br ..... 
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One Act team wins Sectionals

Fri, Feb 1st, 2013
Posted in Preston Arts & Culture

Fillmore Central’s One Act Team has won first place at competition which was held on Saturday, January 26, 2013. Director Jackie Whitacre, along with the cast and crew, traveled to St. Mary’s University in Winona, Minn. and put forth an award- ..... 
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A View From The Woods

By Loni Kemp

Fri, Feb 1st, 2013
Posted in All Arts & Culture

Seasonal Surrender Now is the time of hunkering down. I’m not leaving home, not reaching out, not outward-focused. These precious deep winter weeks are giving me permission to slow down, look inward and rest. I rise on a winter-storm-warning mo ..... 
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