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Recycling 101


By LaVerne C. Paulson

Fri, Nov 29th, 2013
Posted in All Home & Garden

One of the basic rules of recycling is to keep your materials as clean and as dry as possible. Wet newspaper and cardboard can get really messy and excessive food and drink left in cans and bottles stored in that container at your house tend to smell bad and attract unwanted vermin.

Cardboard and newspaper are the most common forms of paper recycled here in Fillmore County. We get tons of paper every week. Please remember that fridge pack boxes, TV dinner boxes, and frozen pizza boxes have that waterproof coating and are not recyclable. Cardboard take home pizza boxes, or parts of them, however, are recyclable if they are clean, dry, and contain no food or oils. Most pet food bags have a plastic layer for moisture control that makes them unrecyclable, as well.

Paperback books as well as hard cover books are recyclable in Fillmore County, not to mention all your junk mail, magazines, and catalogs. We are not getting as many phone books as expected. They are to be recycled. If you look at the bottom of the inside cover of your local phone book, you should see a chasing arrow symbol. Minnesota law requires ALL telephone directories be recycled. Please keep them out of the landfill and send them to us.

Paper milk cartons, soup stock boxes, and drink boxes are not recyclable. They contain a thin plastic liner that we don’t want. There has been more than one discussion adding these to recycling lists, but nothing yet.

If you own cordless power tools, cell phones, razors, pagers, electric toothbrushes, cordless telephones, or cordless grass trimmers, you most likely have rechargeable batteries. If a battery is rechargeable, it should be recycled. Many of these batteries are nickel/cadmium (Ni-Cad). The nickel part of the battery isn’t too harmful, but the cadmium is a nasty metal that is relatively safe as part of a battery, but can cause all kinds of problems to humans and other animals if it gets into water or soil. These must be recycled and not burned, buried, or otherwise disposed of improperly. This is also true for hearing aid batteries and all other button type batteries. Your common alkaline batteries, such as those found in most flashlights and the like, are not recyclable in Fillmore County and should be placed in your landfill garbage.

The Fillmore Soil and Water Conservation District invited me to their annual sixth grade tour at Forestville this past September to chat with mo .....
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LED holiday lights: An energy and money-saving tradition

Thu, Nov 21st, 2013
Posted in All Home & Garden

Replacing traditional incandescent decorative lights with high-efficient LED (light-emitting diode) bulbs is one great way to conserve energy during the holidays. When shopping for holiday lights, look for the ENERGY STAR® label to ensure that th ..... 
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Root River Floral celebrates Caring Rose Week

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Nov 15th, 2013
Posted in Rushford Home & Garden

“Holidays, happiness, family… hunger?” Next week, we’ll all sidle up to the table, give thanks for our blessings, and dive in. In the midst of so much, it’s possible to forget that there are those not so fortunate. This week, National Hu ..... 
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Recycling 101

Fri, Nov 15th, 2013
Posted in All Home & Garden

By LaVerne C. Paulson Recycling Education Coordinator Another America Recycles Day has come and gone. I am sure most of you made some changes in your recycling habits. I would also like to remind you that you don’t have to wait until ARD next ye ..... 
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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 C ..... 
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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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