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Steel cans


By LaVerne C. Paulson

Fri, Dec 28th, 2012
Posted in All Home & Garden

Tin cans , as we know them, are not made of tin, but are really made of steel. But then, old habits are hard to break. Tin cans have been around since 1810. Soup, juice, vegetables, meat, coffee, evaporated milk, sardines, pet food, and pork and beans, are just a few of the canned items we purchase. Perhaps, the second best thing about tin cans is they don’t usually break when you drop them. To a recycler, their finest quality is the fact that they are highly recyclable.

The most common recycled metal product made with iron is the steel food can. These cans are 99 percent steel. They are made of steel for strength, but are coated with tin to stabilize the flavors of the can’s contents. Without this coating, the food in the can would most likely taste of metal. If you remove the label from a can after you have removed the food, you will notice the inside of almost all cans is a different color that the outside. Food is actually cooked in the steel can during the canning process. All steel food and beverage cans are 100 percent recyclable including bi-metal cans, the ones with the steel bodies and the aluminum ends.

When a steel can is recycled, it is shredded and run through a series of washing solutions and filtered. Since steel food cans contain both steel and tin, the recycling process (melting and filtering) must separate the molten tin and steel by “detinning.” This process yields high-grade steel and tin, and new steel cans with a shiny, thin tin coating are produced.

The cans with the aluminum ends are also melted and made into new steel. However, the aluminum is not separated from the recycled steel, as is the tin, but actually enhances the process of making new steel cans. Recycled steel is used to build cars, trucks, bridges, trains, train tracks, jets, dumpsters, fences, siding and roofs for buildings, and the nuts and bolts that hold them together.

The recycling of steel cans is quite beneficial. It takes 75 percent less energy to recycle steel than to produce steel from iron ore. For every pound of steel recycled, the energy it takes to light a 60 watt light bulb for more than 26 hours is saved. Through recycling, the steel industry saves an average of 600 trillion BTU each year. That is enough energy to electrically power a few more than 18 million homes.

You may want to keep one or two of these cans around, perhaps as a cutworm collar to guard your tender tomatoes .....
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Recycling Trivia

By LaVerne C. Paulson

Fri, Dec 7th, 2012
Posted in All Home & Garden

Many people in the recycling business keep sharing all kinds of information with us that some people find quite interesting. This article will contain a considerable amount of trivia dealing with recycling. Some of this information has appeared in p ..... 
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Bathroom remodels that look like a million bucks - for $1,000 or less

Fri, Sep 7th, 2012
Posted in All Home & Garden

The bathroom is one room in the house where you can accomplish a lot with $1,000. Here are four updates and upgrades that cost less than 10 Ben Franklins, but can leave you feeling like a million bucks when you step into your new bath. Redo walls a ..... 
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High design with kids in mind

Fri, Sep 7th, 2012
Posted in All Home & Garden

For many years, creating family-friendly spaces meant sacrificing your design aesthetic. Thankfully, gone are the days when having children meant succumbing to a house full of bright-yellow bins and sofas wrapped in plastic. Today, new materials and ..... 
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Heat up Minnesota helping people stay warm this winter

Fri, Sep 7th, 2012
Posted in All Home & Garden

Lennox Industries is teaming together with the businesses that sell their products to give away 100 free furnaces throughout Minnesota. VIS Plumbing and Heating in Lanesboro and Harmony is part of that giveaway. Mike Willford, son of owner John W ..... 
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Tackling tile, loving a new look

Fri, Sep 7th, 2012
Posted in All Home & Garden

The pride and satisfaction derived from completing a home improvement project is realized each day - just by looking across the room. With a little sweat, hard work and some good design advice, an individual can save 30 to 40 percent of the cost ..... 
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New construction or remodeling?

Fri, Sep 7th, 2012
Posted in All Home & Garden

In Fillmore County, the number of new houses being built has gone down a little in 2012. There are still people getting building permits for additions, garages, sheds, or farm buildings, but those numbers are also down slightly in 2012. In 2010, ..... 
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Recycling 101

By LaVerne C. Paulson

Fri, Aug 31st, 2012
Posted in All Home & Garden

It is not too soon to start thinking about Fillmore County’s next Household Hazardous Waste event. As in the past, the fall event will be held on the first Tuesday of October. This year, the date is October 2. On that day, we will gladly accept yo ..... 
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On the look out for Japanese Beetles in Fillmore County

Fri, Jul 20th, 2012
Posted in All Home & Garden

By Shelly Skindelien, Fillmore County Extension, Master Gardener intern The Japanese beetle has made its arrival in Minnesota. This is a serious pest of turf and ornamental plants. Grubs feed on the roots of grass and adults feed on the foliage of ..... 
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