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Recycling 101


By LaVerne C. Paulson

Fri, Sep 20th, 2013
Posted in All Home & Garden

By LaVerne C. Paulson, Recycling Education Coordinator

Days are getting shorter. Nights are getting cooler. Leaves are starting to change color. Birds and butterflies are beginning to migrate south. Autumn is upon us once again, and with it comes the long-awaited Fall Household Hazardous Waste Day. The first Tuesday of October, October 1, the Fillmore County Resource Recovery Center will be accepting most of your household hazardous waste, free of charge, as in the past. If you miss this day, it will be six months before the next HHW day in Fillmore County.

With that in mind, it is time to collect all that nasty stuff that has been lurking about in cupboards, closets, garages, and sheds. If you no longer have need of some possibly dangerous substance, or perhaps too much of it, bring it to us and we will dispose of it properly. This stuff is not meant to be burned, dropped into a trout stream, buried in a ditch somewhere, or deposited in one of our numerous sink holes. What these substances contain does not belong in the air we breathe, the water we drink, the fish we eat, or the soil in which we grow food.

Partially filled aerosol cans, oven cleaners, antifreeze, lawn care products, bug killers, weed killers, all forms of rodent poison, motor oil, outdated fuel (gasoline and diesel), adhesives, and tar are just some of the household wastes that will be accepted. As usual, most painting and varnishing materials will make up a majority of the waste. A more complete list of items will be published in a HHW Day notice in this newspaper.

There are still some mercury thermometers hiding in medicine cabinets throughout the county. Bring them to us and we will reward you with a brand new, never been used, digital model that is much safer, and a lot easier to use.

This is also an excellent time to get rid of all those hearing aid batteries, watch batteries, and all rechargeable batteries that no longer work and you have been waiting to get rid of them. Rechargeable batteries are accepted at the Resource Recovery Center throughout the year. You don’t have to wait for HHW day to make this donation.

If you have a neighbor or two who cannot attend this event, check with them to see if they have any HHW items that need to be disposed and bring them along with yours. They need to get this stuff out of their house. That is why we call these materials hazardous.

There will be the usual charge for tube lights, CFLs, ballast, tires, appliances, and e-waste, but this may be an excellent time to get rid of these things as well. Only household waste will be accepted. Agricultural chemicals, explosives, medical waste, business waste, and radioactive waste will not be accepted.

The October Household Hazardous Waste Day at the Fillmore County Resource Recovery Center in Preston, Minn. will begin at noon on October 1, and remain open until 5 p.m. If you have any questions, please contact the RRC at (507)765-4704.

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