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Recycling 101


By LaVerne C. Paulson

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

Recycling Education Coordinator

This article will deal with the recycling of aluminum. Producing pure aluminum from bauxite ore is quite expensive. Recycling aluminum, especially beverage cans is much more economical. It takes 95% less energy to produce a recycled aluminum can rather than “make one from scratch”.

Aluminum beverage cans are the most common recycled, non-magnetic metal. More than fifty percent of a new aluminum can is recycled aluminum. Ninety-five percent of all beverage cans are 100% aluminum, while only five percent are bimetal, where the tops are made of aluminum and tin. Recycled bimetal cans are mixed with steel to produce new steel products. Recycled aluminum products, beside beverage containers, include lawn furniture tubing, storm doors, window frames, siding, gutters, downspouts, lawn mower housings, pots and pans, and some automobile parts. Once these products have served their purpose, they can then be recycled into new products once more.

Aluminum beverage cans are one of the easiest materials to recycle. There is no need to look for numbers inside the recycling symbol. They are all recyclable. Over two-thirds of the aluminum ever produced is still in use today. Minnesotans recycle over 40,000 tons of aluminum annually. A recycled aluminum can that is made into a new aluminum can will most likely be back on the grocery shelf in about sixty days.

Recycled aluminum cans are shredded, cleaned, melted, and mixed with a pure aluminum base. This is then recast into new aluminum products. Aluminum foil and trays can be made into wrapping foil, pie plates and food trays, as well as gum or candy wrappers. One drawback of using aluminum, if there is one, is that unlike steel cans, aluminum cans cannot withstand the intense heat required to cook food within the can. Aluminum cans containing food products can only contain food that has been precooked before being placed in the can.

Landscape Structures in Delano uses recycled aluminum to make playground equipment and Sign Solutions in Robbinsdale uses recycled aluminum to make signage.

Twenty or thirty years ago, when aluminum beverage cans were a relatively new thing, one pound of aluminum made 19 cans. Today, due to “lightweighting”, the side of an aluminum beverage can is approximately the thickness of a human hair and one pound of aluminum makes 28 cans.

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SMIF provides loan to Featherstone Fruits and Vegetables LLC

Mon, Feb 9th, 2015
Posted in Rushford Home & Garden

RUSHFORD, MN - Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation (SMIF) has recently approved funding from its Small Enterprise Loan Fund to Featherstone Fruits and Vegetables in Rushford. Featherstone is a family-operated farm, owned by Jack Hedin and his ..... 
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Landscape designer Charles Seha receives MNLA award for Excellence In Landscape

Mon, Feb 9th, 2015
Posted in Chatfield Home & Garden

Several members of the Minnesota Nursery and Landscape Association (MNLA) were recently honored with the 2015 MNLA award for Excellence In Landscape. Among those honored was landscape designer Charles Seha. A panel of practicing professionals in l ..... 
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Free radon and nitrate testing

Mon, Feb 2nd, 2015
Posted in All Home & Garden

Radon gas is found in over half of Fillmore County homes. Radon causes lung cancer. Testing your home for radon is easy, inexpensive, and quick. During February and March, you may pick up a free kit from one of the radon and nitrate testing clini ..... 
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Recycling 101 - 1.19.15

By LaVerne C. Paulson

Mon, Jan 19th, 2015
Posted in All Home & Garden

By LaVerne C. Paulson Recycling Education Coordinator Batteries. Just how many of those gadgets that you couldn’t possibly get along without are powered partially or totally by batteries? As I write this article at the Recycling Center, I have ..... 
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New Year’s resolution: Get an advanced energy audit

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

Looking for a New Year’s resolution you can stick to? Get that advanced home energy audit you’ve been promising yourself and make 2015 the year you start to save energy and cut your utility bill costs. Many people assume there is little they c ..... 
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Recycling 101 - 1.05.2015

By LaVerne C. Paulson

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

Recycling Education Coordinator Questions concerning the recycling of plastics in Fillmore County keep coming up week after week. I will agree that if you don’t work in recycling as I do, it can be a bit complicated. There is a lot of informa ..... 
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Recycling 101 - 12.22.2014

By LaVerne C. Paulson

Mon, Dec 22nd, 2014
Posted in All Home & Garden

Recycling Education Coordinator The most common item made from iron is the steel food can. These cans are 99% steel. They are made of steel for strength, but many are coated with tin to stabilize the flavors of the can’s contents so your stew ..... 
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Recycling 101

By LaVerne C. Paulson

Mon, Dec 8th, 2014
Posted in All Home & Garden

Recycling Education Coordinator Paper and other forms of fiber are the most numerous items recycled in Fillmore County. No less than fifteen tons leave here each week headed for a factory that will produce recycled cardboard, boxboard, egg cartons ..... 
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