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Recycling 101 - 9.5.16


By LaVerne C. Paulson

Mon, Sep 5th, 2016
Posted in Preston The Great Outdoors

By LaVerne C. Paulson

Recycling Education Coordinator

The Environmental Protection Agency of the United States has made a lot of this information available for me to share with you. I realize you have heard or read some of this material more than once before, but a little review is sometimes good.

Throughout the United States, the recycling rate is about 34%. The State of Washington is in first place with 50% and Minnesota is in the top five with a little more than 40%. As you know, the residents of Minnesota and we, here in Fillmore County, recycle a lot of stuff. However, nationally, we landfill more than 54% of the stuff we throw away, much of the stuff that scores of businesses throughout the state could use to make new products more economically.

Recycling is the process of collecting and processing materials that would otherwise be thrown away as trash and turning them into new products. Recycling benefits your community and the environment. The more we recycle, the less is sent to landfills. Recycling conserves natural resources such as timber, water, and minerals.

Recycling prevents many forms of pollution, saves energy, and reduces the need to collect new raw materials. Recycling reduces greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to global climate change. Recycling helps sustain the environment for future generations. Of course, recycling helps create well-paying jobs in the recycling and manufacturing industries in Minnesota and throughout the United States.

Here is some information on plastic bottles that I would like you to think about. Every day, consumers discard more than sixty million (60,000,000) plastic water bottles. These bottles litter highways, clog waterways, or end up in incineration and landfills. Plastic, buried in landfills can take up to 700 years to decompose.

Meeting consumer demand for water bottles in the United States requires more than 15 million barrels of oil each year for manufacturing, transport and disposal. That is enough oil to fuel nearly 1,000,000 cars for an entire year.

Plastic bottles are one of the least recycled materials in the United States. The Recycling Institute states that very few plastic bottles sold in the United States were recycled in 2004. If every American household recycled one out of every ten HDPE bottles, this would keep 200,000,000 pounds (one hundred thousand tons) of plastic out of .....
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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, ..... 
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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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