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Recycling 101


By LaVerne C. Paulson

Fri, Apr 11th, 2014
Posted in All Home & Garden

By LaVerne C. Paulson

Recycling Education Coordinator

About 40 percent of Minnesota garbage is organic waste and much of what you send to landfill 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 easy, perhaps you are tired of sending all that stuff to the landfill, or perhaps you want to make an additive for your lawn and gardens that your plants will just love.

Composting can save you a bit of cash by using less garbage bags and the finished product, ready for your garden, is more or less free. You will reduce the amount of waste that is created by your yard, your garden, and your kitchen by converting leaves, grass, and kitchen scraps into a usable soil amendment. Compost frequently reduces the need for additional fertilizers and makes a good mulch for new plants. And, if done correctly, there are no foul odors in the process.

The Minnesota Composting Council and Blue Bag Organics have stated that plants grown in compost-rich soils require less watering because of the increased infiltration and storage capacity of root systems. The reduction of water run off, evaporation, and water usage by weeds is significant. Research has shown that the application of compost can reduce the need for watering by 30 to 70 percent.

Please take a few minutes to check out composting on the web and see how it would work for you. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me. I am also available for presentations to church groups and civic groups concerning recycling, as well as composting in Fillmore County, free of charge.

Here are some statements dealing with how we impact the environment. Ninety percent of atmospheric mercury that falls into Minnesota lakes and streams and makes some of our fish unsafe to eat comes from outside the state.

Aluminum is a durable and sustainable metal. Over two-thirds of aluminum ever produced is still in use today. It can be recycled over and over again. In 2009, Minnesota recycled 38,500 tons of aluminum. One hundred ninety two thousand, five hundred tons of bauxite was left in the ground by recycling that amount of aluminum.

No foolin’ - Commerce recommends an advanced home energy assessment before making major home improvements, upgrades

Fri, Apr 4th, 2014
Posted in All Home & Garden

Before embarking on home energy improvements or remodeling, especially major projects, the Minnesota Department of Commerce strongly recommends having an advanced home energy assessment. An assessment, or energy audit, of how your house is functioni ..... 
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Recycling 101 - 3.24.14

By LaVerne C. Paulson

Fri, Mar 21st, 2014
Posted in All Home & Garden

A lot of information from the Recycling Association of Minnesota (RAM), Call2Recycle, and Earth 911 has come to my attention lately and I thought you might find some of this interesting or helpful. Amber perscription bottles are not recyclable in ..... 
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Bluff Country Multi-County HRA working with Minnesota Housing to provide first-time homebuyer loans

Fri, Mar 21st, 2014
Posted in All Home & Garden

Bluff Country Multi-County HRA, serving Fillmore and Houston Counties is partnering with Minnesota Housing to make resources available to first-time homebuyers. Homebuyers can take advantage of these resources through the Minnesota Housing Start U ..... 
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Recycling 101 - 3.3.14

By LaVerne C. Paulson

Fri, Feb 28th, 2014
Posted in All Home & Garden

There have been several questions concerning medicine disposal in the last few months. Today’s article will address this subject. Although medical waste has very little to do with recycling, the correct disposal of medicine is extremely importa ..... 
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Energy assistance program participation encouraged by Minnesota Energy Resources

Thu, Feb 20th, 2014
Posted in All Home & Garden

ROSEMOUNT, Minn. - Minnesota Energy Resources is encouraging customers who may be eligible for the State of Minnesota’s Energy Assistance Program, to apply as soon as possible. Senior customers who may be having difficulty paying higher winter bil ..... 
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Keep vents, air inlets clear of snow, ice to keep furnaces operating safely

Thu, Feb 20th, 2014
Posted in All Home & Garden

The Department of Commerce is encouraging Minnesotans to keep furnace exhaust vents, air intake hoods, and chimneys clear of snow and ice in order to keep the heat on and prevent carbon monoxide poisoning. Homeowners with high-efficiency furnaces ..... 
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Take a minute to clear snow and ice from your gas meter

Thu, Feb 20th, 2014
Posted in All Home & Garden

ALBERT LEA, Minn. – Now more than ever, make sure you carefully clear snow from your natural gas meter and furnace vent. With the substantial amounts of snow in recent storms, and the high winds, Alliant Energy crews are reporting several meters ..... 
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Frozen pipes plague Fillmore County residents

By Angie Rodenburg

Fri, Feb 14th, 2014
Posted in All Home & Garden

Fillmore County has been plagued by a brutally cold winter. It’s the kind of cold that takes your breath away and makes you want to stay at home under a pile of blankets. However, the issues that the subzero temperatures cause have made their way ..... 
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