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Recycling 101 - 7.20.15


By LaVerne C. Paulson

Mon, Jul 20th, 2015
Posted in All Home & Garden

Even though many of us have cloth or canvas grocery bags, plastic grocery bags are used by most of us now and then. Newspaper and magazine articles concerning plastic grocery bags are numerous. Many plastic bags find their way into roadside ditches, banks, and beaches of our streams and lakes, and some even become some sort of decoration in a shrub or a tree. Some cities have banned their use, while many others are in the process of doing so.

How many plastic grocery bags are used by Fillmore County residents each week? Hundreds and Hundreds. What happens to them once they enter your household? They can perhaps be kept in a bag or container and when you have a bunch collected, take them back to a store that has a container for recyclable plastic grocery bags. You can combine them in your landfill garbage, but taking them back to a store is better. Many people bring them to the recycling center and place them in the red container meant for plastic bags. Even though the red container is in the recycling center, these bags do not get recycled, but are sent directly to the landfill. Please make every attempt to keep all plastic bags separate from recyclable items. Do not use plastic bags of any kind for curbside recycling.

Plastic bags, whether large or small, thick or thin, are not to be found in the normal recycling stream. They do nothing but cause problems with the belts, pulleys, gears, and shafts of the recycling machines. Plastic bags used to bring recyclables to the recycling center or rural containers are to be emptied and taken home with you to be used again or placed in your landfill garbage.

Approximately 11% of your landfill garbage is compostable. This may be a good year to start the habit of composting. It isn’t expensive, doesn’t smell if done correctly, keeps a lot of stuff out of the landfill, and yields some really great additives for your flowers, garden, or lawn.

Concerning your lawn.....if you live in a town or city in Fillmore County and live on a street where the rain water flows into a sewer system, please try not to blow your grass clippings into the street where they will end up in the sewer system and sooner or later, into our streams and rivers one way or another. Rather, blow your clippings back onto the lawn to let them become part of the soil once more or collect them and use them to make even more compost.

When you go on vacation, continue to recycle. Do .....
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Recycling 101

By LaVerne C. Paulson

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

As many of you know, Fillmore County held a Free E-Waste Collection on June 4. Fillmore County, in partnership with the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency and Dynamic Recycling collected televisions, computer monitors and various other computer equ ..... 
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Home repair loans and grants available

Mon, Jun 15th, 2015
Posted in All Home & Garden

With warmer weather upon us, USDA Rural Development is gearing up to help local homeowners finance home improvements through low-interest loans and grants. “Now is a good time for homeowners to evaluate the need for necessary repairs or replacem ..... 
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Recycling 101 - 6.8.15

By LaVerne C. Paulson

Mon, Jun 8th, 2015
Posted in All Home & Garden

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. It is illegal in Minn.to dispose of used motor oil or oil filters in the trash on the land, ..... 
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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, b ..... 
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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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