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Recycling 101 6.30.14


By LaVerne C. Paulson

Fri, Jun 27th, 2014
Posted in All Home & Garden

In a few short weeks, the Fillmore County Fair will be upon us. The dates of the fair are July 22 through July 26. A great number of Fillmore County residents attend the fair and hundreds participate by exhibiting 4-H and open class projects. Many people attend the fair to watch the judging of the cattle, sheep, chickens, ducks, geese, hogs, rabbits, horses, and goats. Others enjoy the grandstand events, commercial exhibits, fine arts, gardening, flowers, as well as the varied 4--H projects.

One thing almost all of the fairgoers enjoy is the food. The 4--H clubs serve up some great food and plenty of it. Then there are the brats, the pork burgers, the loaded potatoes, cotton candy, and mini donuts. Of course, all that delicious, fat free food has to be washed down with a bottle of pop or water. When you have finished your snack, simply toss the napkin and bottle cap in a garbage container, and drop the empty bottle into one of the many recycling containers located throughout the fairgrounds. Just look for of the blue signs with the “chasing arrows” symbol on it, and there should be a recycling container close by.

Since we started the latest recycling project several years ago, we have collected thousands of bottles that would have otherwise found their way into the landfill. These containers are made into toys, insulation, decking, lawn furniture, or car parts. Recycling these bottles shows the people of our county as well as visitors from around Minnesota and two neighboring states that the residents of Fillmore County support recycling and do indeed care about the environment. Bottles are not garbage, they are recyclables...and most of you know there is a big difference.

The recycling booth is moving. This year we will be located in the west end of the commercial building. Just look for the large white Fillmore County Recycling sign with the black letters. There will be numerous items on display, some recyclable, some not, for you to sharpen and improve your recycling knowledge. There will also be copies of the almost new Fillmore County Single Stream Recycling Guide. It contains almost everything you need to know about what is recyclable and what is not in Fillmore County. Please pick one up so you can become even more aware of what can be recycled in Fillmore County.

I will be at the fair each day, so if you have any questions or comments concerning recycling in Fillmore County, please feel free to chat with me for a few minutes about recycling, garbage in general, or household hazardous waste. In case you haven’t made note of the next HHW day on your calendar, it is scheduled for October 7, from noon until 5 p.m. I will remind you of this a few more times before the October party so you can continue to gather all that nasty stuff together to make your contribution.

Again, please visit the Resource Recovery Center/Recycling Center booth while you are at the fair....and, when you are done with that bottle, deposit it one of the recycling containers. We need to send each and every one of them to the recyclers, not the landfill.

I hope to see you at the fair.

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