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Recycling 101 ... 11.16.15


By LaVerne C. Paulson

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

By LaVerne C. Paulson

Recycling Education Coordinator

On September 22, Minneapolis based WCCO shared three interesting statements with us that I would like to pass on to you at this time.

(1) A new survey by Yale University estimates that America tosses about five pounds of trash per person into landfills each day.

(2) 21% of Americans recycle.

(3) In 2012, Americans sent 294 million tons of waste to landfills.

Please allow me to add something to these statements.

(1) A family of four would create one hundred forty pounds of garbage a week.

(2) Out of a group of five people, four do not recycle.

(3) 294 million tons is a lot of garbage to bury. Needless to say, these statements do not hold true in most of Minnesota, and specifically, Fillmore County.

Here in Fillmore County, everyone has a chance to recycle either with curbside recycling, using the rural containers, or dropping their recyclables off here at the recycling center. Many of you are very diligent recyclers. As I drive through towns on recycling day, very few households do not have a container of some sort with bottles, cans, and all kinds of paper to be recycled. Dozens of farmers visit the recycling center every week and dozens more drop their bottles, cans, and paper into the containers at any one of the six rural recycling container locations throughout the county.

A family of four that recycles and composts can get by with less than twenty pounds of garbage a week. A recycling container of paper, glass, cardboard, steel, box board, and plastic can easily weigh thirty pounds. A week of potato and carrot peelings, apple cores, orange rinds, coffee grounds, tea bags, squash skins, egg shells, and various other food scraps that would make excellent compost can total fifteen pounds.

I was recently in a relatively large city where cardboard, steel cans, plastic containers, and aluminum are picked up by recyclers. Glass and paper are not. However, there are grocery stores that have two very big containers in their parking lots. One is for glass only, the other for paper only. They are well lighted and monitored by cameras. Being a recycling person, I felt I had to check on the contents of the containers. Looking into the container meant for glass only, I saw hundreds and hundreds of glass bottles and jars, but there was nothing el .....
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Recycling 101

By LaVerne C. Paulson

Mon, Nov 9th, 2015
Posted in All Home & Garden

On November 15, America Recycles Day will be observed throughout the United States. This marks the seventeenth year of this celebration. There will be very few parades, special foods eaten, or speeches given. However, it a day when each of us sho ..... 
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Recycling 101

By LaVerne C. Paulson

Mon, Oct 26th, 2015
Posted in All Home & Garden

The residents of Fillmore County took advantage of a beautiful autumn day to participate in the Household Hazardous Waste Collection on October 6. Nearly three hundred households contributed to the cause, dropping off all kinds of nasty stuff they ..... 
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Tasty Temptations “Best Cooks of Bluff Country”

Mon, Oct 12th, 2015
Posted in All Home & Garden

On October 27, 2015, the Best Cook of Bluff Country will share their recipes for a chance of winning 1st, 2nd, or 3rd place in nine different categories for a grand total payout of $630. This event, including all prizes, is sponsored by Harmony Food ..... 
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Save money by saving water: attend a class on building a rain barrel

Mon, Oct 12th, 2015
Posted in All Home & Garden

By Stephanie Davidson One of the best ways you can save money by saving water is to build your own rain barrel! By using old barrels and new hardware, you can transform something old into a functional rain barrel that captures and stores rooftop ru ..... 
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Recycling 101

By LaVerne C. Paulson

Mon, Oct 5th, 2015
Posted in All Home & Garden

Recycling Education Coordinator Hazardous Household Waste Day is scheduled for Tuesday, October 6, from noon until 5 p.m. If you miss this one, the next one is scheduled to be held in May of 2016. If, after October 6, you find you must dispose of ..... 
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Weed and pest profiles: waterhemp

By Michael Cruse

Mon, Sep 28th, 2015
Posted in All Home & Garden

Over the last couple weeks, I have received multiple extension pieces on weed control, specifically looking at waterhemp. Waterhemp is a very common annual weed that became prominent in the Midwest during the 1980s and the 1990s. The introduction of ..... 
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Inexpensive ways to boost a home’s curb appeal

Mon, Sep 21st, 2015
Posted in All Home & Garden

Curb appeal can go a long way toward making a home more attractive to its inhabitants, as well as prospective buyers, once the house is put on the market. Improving curb appeal is a goal for many homeowners, and while many projects aimed at making h ..... 
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Creative ways to recycle leaves

Mon, Sep 21st, 2015
Posted in All Home & Garden

Leaves cascading down from trees indicate the arrival of autumn. However, colorful and awe-inspiring autumn leaves can be a hazard if left to lie on the ground too long. Fallen leaves form a dense insulator to protect trees’ roots and prevent co ..... 
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