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Recycling 101 - 8/22/16


By LaVerne C. Paulson

Mon, Aug 22nd, 2016
Posted in Preston The Great Outdoors

Today’s article contains information on three topics that I have received questions on recently. In the next few months, my plans are to write detailed articles dealing with each of these topics. They are batteries, medications, plastic bottles, and their caps. I believe a review of these topics would be beneficial.

Are batteries recyclable? Some are and some aren’t. The most common alkaline batteries, AA, AAA, C, D, and the like, are not recyclable in Fillmore County. They can be sent with your landfill garbage. The 9-volt alkaline battery, like the one in your smoke alarm, needs a little more attention. I have mentioned this in previous articles and I will mention it again in future articles. These batteries have been known to start fires if not stored or disposed of properly. When storing 9-volt batteries, keep them in the original packaging. Do not allow these batteries to come in contact with each other once out of the package. The posts have been known to cause sparks if a connection is made. It may be a good idea to wrap a “dead” 9-volt that isn’t really dead in tape and place in a zip lock bag before putting it in your landfill garbage.

Hearing aid batteries, all disc or button batteries, as well all rechargeable batteries are to be recycled. They are not meant to be landfilled, buried in your back yard, or drizzled down a gopher hole. Do not put them in your recycling container. They must be brought to the Resource Recovery Center in Preston or to a business that will accept them for recycling. Wireless phones, cameras, weed eaters, and most wireless tools use rechargeable batteries. Used hearing aid batteries should not be kept loose in a container touching other hearing aid batteries. They too can become hot and ignite the container. Before placing the battery in a container prior to taking it to be recycled, put a piece of tape on the front and back of the battery. This may sound like a waste of time and tape, but battery connections should be avoided.

Unwanted, unneeded, or outdated medicine must be disposed of properly. You really don’t want them lying around the house. As with the batteries, do not simply bury, burn, or flush them down the toilet. Some stores will take them back, but very few do. The following method works quite well. Place the medication, solid or liquid in a laundry detergent bottle. Take the bottle outside in case there is a chemical reaction that would release dang .....
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Recycling 101 - 8/8/16

By LaVerne C. Paulson

Mon, Aug 8th, 2016
Posted in Preston The Great Outdoors

By LaVerne C. Paulson Recycling Education Coordinator The Fillmore County Resource Recovery Center held its spring Household Hazardous Waste Day on May 3, 2016. Please allow me to share some results of this event as well as some information you m ..... 
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Recycling 101 - 6/20/16

By LaVerne C. Paulson

Mon, Jun 20th, 2016
Posted in Preston The Great Outdoors

By LaVerne C. Paulson Recycling Education Coordinator A Recycling 101 article concerning several frequently asked recycling questions was published recently. This article will deal with a few more of these questions and comments. Do I have to c ..... 
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Preston hears NTC update

Mon, Mar 23rd, 2015
Posted in Preston The Great Outdoors

George Spangler, NTC board of directors chairman, presented a detailed five year review of the National Trout Center since its inception in 2009 at the Preston City Council’s March 16 meeting. Councilman Charles Sparks was absent. The environmen ..... 
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Preston’s Candlelight Ski & Chili Cook-Off

Mon, Jan 5th, 2015
Posted in Preston The Great Outdoors

Let it snow, just in time for Preston’s annual Candlelight Ski & Chili Cook-Off event! Bundle up and come on down to the Trailhead Inn office on Saturday evening, January 17 to ski on the trail and to sample some wonderful chili contest entries. ..... 
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NTC to host geological bus tour

Mon, Oct 6th, 2014
Posted in Preston The Great Outdoors

The National Trout Center will be holding a geological bus tour on Saturday November 1, starting at 10 a.m. This bus tour promises to be both fun and informative, as it will focus on the geological and ecological features of living in the driftless ..... 
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Preston Tourism announces bike repair station coming to town!

Mon, Sep 1st, 2014
Posted in Preston The Great Outdoors

PRESTON, Minn. - The Preston Tourism Board would like to announce the upcoming addition to the trailhead in Preston. Thanks to the Preston Area Community Foundation and the Preston Tourism Board there will now be a free to the public, deluxe bike re ..... 
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Milwaukee Road Historical Association President to speak at caboose dedication

Fri, Aug 8th, 2014
Posted in Preston The Great Outdoors

A dedication of the restored 1951 Milwaukee Road Caboose No. 02095 will be held on Saturday, August 16 at 10:30 a.m. at the Trailhead in Preston. The Trailhead is located at the intersection of Fillmore Street and Center Street. The speaker for t ..... 
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Bicycling Around Minnesota Tour coming to southeast Minnesota

Fri, Aug 8th, 2014
Posted in Preston The Great Outdoors

PRESTON, Minn. - Local businesses are encouraged to welcome participants of the BAM Bicycle Tour to our area. At 4:30 p.m. on August 13, the Bicycling Around Minnesota annual tour will begin registration in Preston for the start of the 2014 tour. ..... 
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