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Recycling 101 - 3.24.14


By LaVerne C. Paulson

Fri, Mar 21st, 2014
Posted in All Home & Garden

A lot of information from the Recycling Association of Minnesota (RAM), Call2Recycle, and Earth 911 has come to my attention lately and I thought you might find some of this interesting or helpful.

Amber perscription bottles are not recyclable in Fillmore County, however, they can be used to store earrings and other smaller jewelry, coins, or even extra garden seeds. For your security, be sure to remove all personal identification from the bottle before using it for other purposes. Just soak the bottle in warm water for a few minutes and then scrape the label off with a butter knife.

The average American uses 5.57 40 foot trees worth of paper each year. That’s about six good reasons to recycle as much paper and cardboard as possible. Recycling a ton of mixed paper can save the energy equivalent of 185 gallons of gasoline.

Many articles of clothing, such as jackets, scarves, gloves, and boots are made from recycled materials. Some shoe manufacturers recycle cotton scraps and rubber tires to make their products. For example, 63 20 ounce PET bottles will make a sweater, 14 bottles will make the fiber fill in a ski jacket, and one hundred 114 bottles will become fiber fill for a sleeping bag. Pop and water bottles do not belong in the landfill. There are many items that make very good use of recycled plastic beverage containers, one being the fuzz on tennis balls.

I am seeing more and more reusable canvas and cloth bags being used by the ever growing “Bag Brigade.” We just have to remember to put them back into the car when emptied....and then remember to take them with us when we go into the store.

Are your cell phone batteries not holding a charge? Hot batteries drain faster than cool ones. Don’t leave your phone in a hot place, like a car on a summer day, in your pocket, or on top of a lap top. Cold temperatures can also affect batteries, but not as much as heat. If your phone is hot to the touch, it is not running efficiently. Keep it cool and remember to recycle those cell phone batteries when they are no longer used.

When you purchase new holiday lights next year, you may want to get LED lights. According to the Department of Energy, using a group of LED lights for 10 years would cost about $18 compared with over $120 for incandescent bulbs. LEDs are safer, sturdier, last longer, and it has been said that you can connect up to 25 strings of LEDs end to end witho .....
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Bluff Country Multi-County HRA working with Minnesota Housing to provide first-time homebuyer loans

Fri, Mar 21st, 2014
Posted in All Home & Garden

Bluff Country Multi-County HRA, serving Fillmore and Houston Counties is partnering with Minnesota Housing to make resources available to first-time homebuyers. Homebuyers can take advantage of these resources through the Minnesota Housing Start U ..... 
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Recycling 101 - 3.3.14

By LaVerne C. Paulson

Fri, Feb 28th, 2014
Posted in All Home & Garden

There have been several questions concerning medicine disposal in the last few months. Today’s article will address this subject. Although medical waste has very little to do with recycling, the correct disposal of medicine is extremely importa ..... 
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Energy assistance program participation encouraged by Minnesota Energy Resources

Thu, Feb 20th, 2014
Posted in All Home & Garden

ROSEMOUNT, Minn. - Minnesota Energy Resources is encouraging customers who may be eligible for the State of Minnesota’s Energy Assistance Program, to apply as soon as possible. Senior customers who may be having difficulty paying higher winter bil ..... 
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Keep vents, air inlets clear of snow, ice to keep furnaces operating safely

Thu, Feb 20th, 2014
Posted in All Home & Garden

The Department of Commerce is encouraging Minnesotans to keep furnace exhaust vents, air intake hoods, and chimneys clear of snow and ice in order to keep the heat on and prevent carbon monoxide poisoning. Homeowners with high-efficiency furnaces ..... 
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Take a minute to clear snow and ice from your gas meter

Thu, Feb 20th, 2014
Posted in All Home & Garden

ALBERT LEA, Minn. – Now more than ever, make sure you carefully clear snow from your natural gas meter and furnace vent. With the substantial amounts of snow in recent storms, and the high winds, Alliant Energy crews are reporting several meters ..... 
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Frozen pipes plague Fillmore County residents

By Angie Rodenburg

Fri, Feb 14th, 2014
Posted in All Home & Garden

Fillmore County has been plagued by a brutally cold winter. It’s the kind of cold that takes your breath away and makes you want to stay at home under a pile of blankets. However, the issues that the subzero temperatures cause have made their way ..... 
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Governor Dayton expands eligibility for heating assistance

Fri, Feb 7th, 2014
Posted in All Home & Garden

As many residents of Minnesota are feeling the pinch of sky-rocketing propane costs, Governor Mark Dayton announced on Tuesday, February 4, 2014 that he has taken action to expand eligibility for the Minnesota’s heating assistance program by signi ..... 
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Recycling 101 - 2.10.14

By LaVerne C. Paulson

Fri, Feb 7th, 2014
Posted in All Home & Garden

Most of you are aware that there are six sites throughout the county where you will find the large, green rural recycling containers. Hundreds of Fillmore County residents prefer to deposit their recyclables in one of these containers rather than d ..... 
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