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Recycling 101


By LaVerne C. Paulson

Mon, May 25th, 2015
Posted in All Home & Garden

This week I would like to thank you for participating in a very successful HHW event this spring and share the results of the Hazardous Household Waste Day that was held on May 5. The weather was a bit cool and a mist was in the air now and then, but that didn’t seem to keep people from bringing their hazardous waste for proper disposal. According to the surveys our visitors completed, one hundred thirty eight vehicles brought items from more than two hundred fifty households. A lot of people brought hazardous waste from their neighbors and friends that could not attend the event.

Besides the one thousand, four hundred paint cans collected in ten large cardboard containers, we filled fourteen barrels with rodent poison, fuel, anti-freeze, ant poison, partially filled aerosol cans, herbicides, insecticides, fertilizers, household cleaners, and oven cleaners. We also collected a dozen or two mystery items that were packed up and removed from the county. Again, we had three mercury thermometers donated as well as hundreds of household batteries.

The next Hazardous Household Waste Day in Fillmore County is scheduled for the first Tuesday of October, the 6th, from noon until 5 p.m.

Have you been storing an old computer or two or perhaps an outdated TV hoping that Fillmore County will have a day when you can get rid of them for free. Well, your wait is about over. On Thursday, June 4, 2015, from noon until 6 p.m, Fillmore County, in partnership with the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency and Dynamic Recycling, will conduct a free, one day disposal opportunity for Fillmore County residents. This free collection is for televisions, computer monitors, and computer equipment only. A similar event held here several years ago, filled eleven containers with seventy-three tons of electronic waste of all kinds. This event will be held at the Fillmore County Resource Recovery Center in Preston.

The usual $10.00 fee will be charged for each household appliance brought to this collection. No early drop-offs will be allowed and no household hazardous wastes will be accepted. An additiional notice will also be published in this newspaper. Now, aren’t you glad you decided to read this article?

I was invited to attend a meeting with the Rushford Lutheran Church women on May 6. We discussed many different recycling topics, including batteries of various types, recyclable plastics, steel cans, glass, alumi .....
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Square Foot Gardening

Mon, May 18th, 2015
Posted in All Home & Garden

Come and spend an evening with Audrey Alfson, the founder of the Houston Community Garden and find out what square foot gardening is all about. If you are a beginner gardener looking to start gardening or a long time gardener looking to downsize e ..... 
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Recycling 101 - 5.11.15

By LaVerne C. Paulson

Mon, May 11th, 2015
Posted in All Home & Garden

Several times each week, I receive e-mails having to do with a variety of recycling information. Thank goodness they come by way of the internet and not printed or we would be losing quite a few more trees each year. Frequently, messages comes fro ..... 
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Fillmore County master gardeners

By Monica Ortner

Mon, May 11th, 2015
Posted in All Home & Garden

This garden season is off and warming up. Fillmore County has nine volunteers ready and willing to help you find answers to your lawn, garden, and flower care questions. As Extension master gardeners, we have been trained through the University of M ..... 
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Emerald ash borer arrives in Fillmore County

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, May 4th, 2015
Posted in All Home & Garden

In disappointing, but perhaps expected news, the slow crawl of emerald ash borer has made its way into the county. The City of Rushford recently noted at the Monday, April 27 council meeting that the invasive, destructive insect has been identified ..... 
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Recycling 101 - 4.6.15

By LaVerne C. Paulson

Mon, Apr 6th, 2015
Posted in All Home & Garden

Is this landfill garbage or is it recyclable? Where can I get rid of it? How much is it going to cost? Is this Household Hazardous Waste? If you have not contemplated one of these questions in the last few years, or perhaps the last few months, ..... 
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Hands-on opportunities to get creative this spring

Mon, Apr 6th, 2015
Posted in All Home & Garden

Would you like to learn about gardening for wellness of body, mind and spirit with renowned garden expert David Cavagnaro, while starting your own seedlings? Maybe you want to create a copper wire sculpture of a tree, using a twist and a bend here a ..... 
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Recycling 101 - 3.23.15

By LaVerne C. Paulson

Mon, Mar 23rd, 2015
Posted in All Home & Garden

Recycling Education Coordinator Today’s article concerns burn barrels and burning garbage in general. Even if you do not personally burn garbage, please read on. Most likely you are being affected one way or another. If you are still burning y ..... 
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Health officials recommend steps for private well owners to protect health, water

Mon, Mar 16th, 2015
Posted in All Home & Garden

Properly maintaining wells that tap into groundwater is critical for protecting personal health and the resource, say state health officials. National Groundwater Awareness Week, which was observed March 8-14, was established more than two decades a ..... 
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