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Recycling 101


By LaVerne C. Paulson

Mon, Jun 6th, 2016
Posted in All Home & Garden

Fillmore County residents contact me by phone, e-mail, or in person, with questions they have concerning recycling. Some of these questions are asked quite frequently. Today I will answer several of them and others will appear in another article in the near future.

What can I do with my paper egg cartons? I think it’s a waste to landfill them. Yes, it is. You can use them to store golf balls, jewelry, and craft supplies. However, if they are clean, you can give them to someone who raises chickens and needs them for eggs. If they are soiled, then the best place for them is the compost pile. They absorb moisture quite well and because the fibers are quite short, they will fall apart quickly to become a necessary part of the composting process. Styrofoam egg cartons cannot be used in the compost bin.

Is there no way to recycle Styrofoam? There is, but not in Fillmore County at this time. However, you can use pieces of it (not the peanuts) to fill the bottoms of large flower pots you may have on your deck or lawn for tomatoes, peppers, or flowers. Many plants do not have extensive root systems and you can save half the amount of potting mixture if you fill the bottom half of the the pot with Styrofoam. The amount of Styrofoam used depends upon how much potting mixture you need to keep your plants happy.

Is it OK to cut both ends out of a steel can and flatten it to save room in my recycling container? For years this was a good practice, but today, with our single stream recycling, the machine doing a lot of the separating, sometimes “sees” flattened cans as cardboard and they end up in the wrong pile... which is probably not good. By the way, you don’t have to remove the label. Just rinse them out and toss them into your recycling container. The tops are quite recyclable, as well.

Are plastic soda/pop bottles recyclable? They certainly are. Even though it is difficult to see, you will possibly find a “1” or a “2” on the bottom, but the words, “please recycle,” usually appear somewhere on the label that surrounds the middle of the bottle. The cap of a bottle is not recyclable at this time, so you can toss that into your landfill garbage. Even though the wall of a plastic water bottle is much thinner than the wall of a soda/pop bottle, they are both very recyclable. However, less than 10%, perhaps less than 5% get recycled. The plastic of the soda bottle is thicker than a water bottle .....
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Recycling 101

By LaVerne C. Paulson

Mon, May 23rd, 2016
Posted in All Home & Garden

About 40% of Minnesota garbage is organic waste, and much of this making up your landfill garbage is quite compostable right in your own back yard. But, why would you want to compost your garbage? Well, perhaps it is fun, perhaps it is relatively ..... 
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Operation Round Up grants $4,100 to local causes

Mon, Apr 4th, 2016
Posted in Rushford Home & Garden

RUSHFORD, MN, March 14, 2016 — Tri-County Electric Cooperative’s Operation Round Up Trust Board met on February 26 and elected to donate $4,100 to the following worthy organizations: • $1,100, Goodview Elementary School, for Engino model set ..... 
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Harmony Public Library/Harmony Community Garden plots available

Mon, Mar 28th, 2016
Posted in Harmony Home & Garden

The Harmony Community Garden is now accepting applications for their 2016 gardening season. Four by eight-foot raised bed plots are available for $20 for the first plot, and $10 for additional plots. Eight 2x8-foot wheelchair or standing plots are a ..... 
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Recycling 101

By LaVerne C. Paulson

Mon, Feb 29th, 2016
Posted in All Home & Garden

This is the first of three articles concerning the three most common beverage containers and some information on how they are produced as well as why we perhaps prefer one, rather than the others. The three types of recyclable containers are, as yo ..... 
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BOM is the bomb in Harmony

Mon, Feb 22nd, 2016
Posted in Harmony Home & Garden

Boutique on Main, otherwise known as BOM, is one of the newest and neatest shops located on the main street of Harmony, Minn. Katie Lewis and Kelly Grabau have loved doing different types of crafts for several years and spent many weekends at cr ..... 
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Recycling 101 - 2.8.16

By LaVerne C. Paulson

Mon, Feb 8th, 2016
Posted in All Home & Garden

By LaVerne C. Paulson Recycling Education Coordinator Today’s tin cans, as we know them, are not made of tin, but are actually made of steel. Tin cans that were really made of tin were being used in the early 1800s to keep foods from spoiling as ..... 
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Recycling 101

By LaVerne C. Paulson

Mon, Jan 25th, 2016
Posted in All Home & Garden

This article is scheduled to be published near the end of January, but it is still not too late to modify some of your recycling habits. I am quite sure that a majority of the residents of Fillmore County who recycle, do so quite well. Some, inclu ..... 
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Sharps and meds disposal

By LaVerne C. Paulson

Mon, Jan 11th, 2016
Posted in All Home & Garden

Questions concerning the proper disposal of used sharps and unwanted medicine are frequently asked. Today we will review safe methods to dispose of these items correctly. Hypodermic needles, lancets, and syringes that are used for injecting insul ..... 
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