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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 some hazardous waste, another option is to take it to a county that accepts hazardous waste on a daily basis. Because you are not a resident of that county, you will most likely be charged a fee for the disposal of your items. You may want to call them to find out if they will accept your hazardous waste and if so, how they want it packaged.

The remainder of this article will review a few more items that seem to need a little more information to make you a better Fillmore County recycler.

Most glass jars containing food purchased in a store are recyclable. There is no need to remove the label. Simply rinse them out and add them to your recycling container. If the lid is metal, it is recyclable as well. Canning jars are not recyclable, nor are water glasses, coffee cups, plates, glass cookware, aquariums, and window glass. All glass bottles are recyclable, along with the metal caps.

There are few questions concerning aluminum cans. They are all recyclable.

The entire steel/tin can is recyclable, along with the lid. As with the jars, just rinse and add to your container. The label does not have to be removed. It will magically disappear during the recycling process.

Ice cream pails, yogurt, cottage cheese, sour cream, cream cheese, and most other tub-like containers can be a bit confusing. Many times I have shared the rule concerning the “chasing arrows” with the 1 or the 2 inside the symbol that makes that container recyclable in Fillmore County. I have also mentioned that the ice cream pail itself is quite recyclable being a “2”, but the cover is not because it is a “4”. Most residents of Fillmore County who read these articles are aware of that.

However, do you know that your yogurt or cottage cheese container is a “5”, but the cover is a “2”, making the cover a recyclable item even though the container itself is not? I know of one resident of Fillmore County that was not aware of that until quite recently. So, perhaps you may have learned something new today. I just assumed being the tub and the cover look very similar that they were the same number.

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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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Did you know?

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

Fences can provide privacy and transform backyards into calming places to relax and unwind. But fences also may lead to disputes with neighbors if installation is not carried out with etiquette. Always place the fence within your property lines, whi ..... 
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Recycling 101 - 9.21.15

By LaVerne C. Paulson

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

Today’s article is the autumn edition of your invitation to participate in Hazardous Household Waste collection day. The fall HHW in Fillmore County is scheduled for the first Tuesday in October, that being the 6th this year. The hours for the co ..... 
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Secrets to keeping an organized shed

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

Despite other intentions, homeowners often turn their garages into storage centers for random, little-used items, leaving little to no room for the tools and even vehicles that actually belong in a garage. Such homeowners may turn to sheds to store ..... 
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Recycling 101 - 9.7.15

By LaVerne C. Paulson

Tue, Sep 8th, 2015
Posted in All Home & Garden

I recently wrote several articles concerning the different types of recyclables in Fillmore County. I continue to get questions concerning what is recyclable and what is not. Today I am going to discuss this once again in a shorter form. I hope th ..... 
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Recycling 101 - 8.24.15

By LaVerne C. Paulson

Mon, Aug 24th, 2015
Posted in All Home & Garden

According to the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, grocery bags, wrappers, light weight bags, and shrink wrap accounted for 192,600 tons of trash in Minn. in 2013. Some of this was recycled. Most of it was buried in landfills throughout the stat ..... 
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