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Recycling 101

By LaVerne C. Paulson

Fri, Jul 12th, 2013
Posted in All Home & Garden

By LaVerne C. Paulson

Recycling Education Coordinator

The Fillmore County Resource Recovery Center gets numerous telephone calls each month from our residents wondering what it’s going to cost them to dispose of different items they no longer need or want. The last time I wrote an article containing the RRC fees was July of 2007. Perhaps an update is in order because a few changes have been made. The Resource Recovery Center is open from 7:30 a.m. until 3:30 pm daily, and 8:00 am until noon on the first Saturday of the month, unless a holiday is involved. If so, they are then open the second Saturday of the month. Please call 765-4704 if you have questions on Saturday dates the RRC and the Recycling Center are operational.

Let’s start with the free stuff. The Fillmore County Recycling Center will gladly accept all your paper, cardboard, and boxboard at no charge. There is no charge for tin/steel cans, glass bottles and jars, plastic bottles and other plastic containers (the ones that have a 1 or a 2 inside the chasing arrow symbol on the bottom of the container), aluminum cans, aluminum foil, and aluminum baking pans. The foil and pans must not contain food.

Salvation Army containers are located just inside the west door of the Recycling Center. All forms of clothing, belts, purses, shoes, small rugs, curtains, bedding and blankets are accepted. Stained and torn articles are more than OK. Anything placed in the Salvation Army containers must be clean and dry.

There is a large blue or black container located on the west side of the Recycling Center. This for all forms of metal that will fit into the bin. Wire, pipe, charcoal grills, aluminum screens, nails, screws, bolts, filing cabinets, lawn mowers, tillers, metal pots and pans, as well as bicycles are a few examples of what ends up in there. This container is maintained by LeRoy Iron and Steel.

There is no charge for disposal of used oil, used anti-freeze, or batteries from cars, trucks, boats, motorcycles, tractors and the like. There is also no fee for button batteries and rechargeable batteries.

The fee for landfill material is $.0363/pound plus the 17 percent solid waste management tax, or $84.94 per ton including the solid waste management tax. The fee for out of county recyclables is $.04 a pound or $80 per ton. Regular landfill garbage is $3 minimum up to 60 pounds. If more than 60 pounds, the fee is $.0363 a pound, plus the solid waste management tax. One quart or smaller oil filter - $.50 and over one quart is $1. White goods (major appliances) are $10 as are TVs and computer monitors. Non PCB containing ballasts are $.50 and ballasts containing PCBs are $3.50.

Tires must be dry with mud and dirt removed. Car and light truck: off rim $3; on rim $6. Large truck: off rim $5; on rim $10. Small front tractor: off rim $5. Large front or rear tractor: off rim $10. Off road manure spreader, combine, loader, ect.: off rim $20; on rim $40. All tractor tires: on rim $20.

The fees for fluorescent bulbs are: four feet or less $.50. Longer than four feet $1. All lengths of shielded bulbs $1. U-shaped and circular bulbs $1. High intensity discharge $2.50. All CFL bulbs $.50. High pressure sodium $2.50. Metal halide $2.50. Mercury vapor $2.50.

There is no tax on Large Appliances, Tires, Ballast, Bulbs, and Filters. Household Hazardous Waste Days are the first Tuesday of May and the first Tuesday of October. If you have any questions, please e-mail me at lpaulson@co.fillmore.mn.us or call the Fillmore County Resource Recovery Center at 765-4704.

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