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Recycling 101


By LaVerne C. Paulson

Fri, Oct 25th, 2013
Posted in All Home & Garden

In an article published in August, I mentioned I would write an America Recycles Day article to review some recycling information and give a few examples of how a majority of us can improve many of our recycling habits a little or a lot. Fillmore County is recycling more and more material each year. This is very encouraging. With a little help from a lot of our residents, this will continue.

Recycling is the most successful environmental initiative in our country’s history. The recycling and composting rate in the United States was 7.7 percent in 1960, 17 percent in 1990, and is now somewhere around 35 percent. But, we can do better. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, throughout the United States, many easily recycled materials are still being thrown away. For example, 78 percent of glass containers, 60 percent of aluminum cans, 41 percent of steel cans, and 45 percent of paper and paper packaging are not currently recycled. Each of us must try to recycle more to ensure we all reap the many benefits of recycling.

Most of this information has been published at least once before, but as America Recycles Day approaches, a few basic ideas may be worth repeating. I would also like to remind you once more that not all the same things are recyclable in all Minnesota counties.

Almost all of your paper can be recycled. Boxes that contain anything that is meant to be frozen or refrigerated are not recyclable due to the thin plastic coating that keeps them from picking up moisture and falling apart while in your freezer or refrigerator. Items such as these are frozen dinners, frozen vegetables, pot pies, and fridge packs of soda. Parts of take home pizza boxes are recyclable if they do not contain oils or food. Paper egg cartons are not recyclable, but they make great compost. Hardcover and paperback books are recyclable in our county, as are all magazines, newspapers, and junk mail. We get a lot of cardboard every week and it all gets recycled.

Glass bottles, jelly jars, olive jars, pickle jars, and the like are recyclable. Water glasses, plates, window glass, cups, ovenware, and canning jars are not.

Plastic containers of any color, size, and shape are recyclable only if they have a “1” or a “2” inside the chasing arrow symbol on the bottom. If the symbol is missing or the number inside is other than a “1” or a “2”, it goes in the landfill garbage. Number .....
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Be safe and save money!

Fri, Oct 25th, 2013
Posted in All Home & Garden

ROSEMOUNT, Minn.- The heating season is long and your heating equipment will be working hard to ensure the contentment of living in a warm, efficient and safe home this winter. An inspection and tune up of your heating system by a qualified techn ..... 
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American Red Cross issues steps to prevent home fires

Fri, Oct 18th, 2013
Posted in All Home & Garden

ROCHESTER, Minn. — The biggest disaster threat to American families isn’t floods, hurricanes or tornadoes; it’s fire. The American Red Cross responds to a disaster every eight minutes and nearly all of these are home fires. The Southern Min ..... 
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Recycling 101

By LaVerne C. Paulson

Fri, Oct 11th, 2013
Posted in All Home & Garden

Once again, the people of Fillmore County demonstrated their concern for the environment on October 1, by participating in the Fall Household Hazardous Waste Day held at the Fillmore County Resource Recovery Center. Hazardous waste from approximatel ..... 
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MN housing owner rehabilitation loans

Fri, Oct 11th, 2013
Posted in All Home & Garden

Semcac, a Community Action Agency serving southeastern Minnesota, has funds available through Minnesota Housing for housing rehabilitation loans for eligible homeowners in Dodge, Fillmore, Freeborn, Houston, Steele and Winona counties and the City o ..... 
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Citizen’s report calls for frac sand environmental impact statement to be rigorous and comprehensive

Fri, Sep 20th, 2013
Posted in All Home & Garden

LEWISTON, Minn. - An upcoming environmental review of the biggest frac sand mining project ever proposed in southeast Minnesota must not only examine impacts on air, water and economics, but should also require full disclosure of the proposers’ bu ..... 
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Recycling 101

By LaVerne C. Paulson

Fri, Sep 20th, 2013
Posted in All Home & Garden

By LaVerne C. Paulson, Recycling Education Coordinator Days are getting shorter. Nights are getting cooler. Leaves are starting to change color. Birds and butterflies are beginning to migrate south. Autumn is upon us once again, and with it comes t ..... 
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Discover the ways to fireproof a home

Fri, Sep 13th, 2013
Posted in All Home & Garden

A house fire can engulf and destroy a home in a matter of minutes. Even with the fast-acting response of firefighters, a home that has caught fire may be irreparably damaged by flames, soot and water. Fire is no laughing matter, and it behooves home ..... 
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Recycling 101

By LaVerne C. Paulson

Fri, Sep 6th, 2013
Posted in All Home & Garden

By LaVerne C. Paulson, Recycling Education Coordinator Recycling at the Fillmore County Fair was very successful again this year. It has been estimated that somewhere between 6,000 and 7,000 beverage bottles and cans were collected and recycled. A ..... 
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