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					WINDOWS -
       Disposal - Window glass is not recyclable, and should be
discarded. See Demolition Debris.
                                                                             Blue Earth County
WINDSHIELD WASHER FLUID -
      Reduce - Use it up for its intended purpose. Nearly
everyone who has a car can use windshield washer fluid.


WOOD - See Building Materials or Demolition Debris.
                                                                                 Environmental Services

WRAPPING PAPER -
       Reduce - Wrap gifts in newspaper, old maps, old sheet
music, or your child’s art project. Design your own from brown
paper bags.                                                                        GARBAGE
         Reuse - Instead of wrapping gifts with gift wrap, purchase
                                                                       DISPOSAL AND RECYCLING GUIDE
reusable storage containers as part of the gift and put the rest of   *For Businesses and Residents of Blue Earth County*
the gift inside. For example, wrap a cake pan with dish towels and
fasten with pins. You could even use a coordinating washcloth for
a bow. Buy wrapping paper with recycled paper content.

Consider using reusable gift bags or make a Hollywood Box by
wrapping or decorating the top and bottom of a box separately.
Encourage its reuse.

       Disposal - Wrapping paper should not be recycled
because of the heavy metals contained in the bright-colored inks
used. It should be thrown in the trash.


YARD WASTE - See Compost.




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                                   Trash - See Garbage Collection and Disposal.


                                   TREATED WOOD - Green and brown treated lumber and treated
Don’t throw this away!             plywood should be taken to the Ponderosa Landfill municipal solid
                                   waste cell. Treated lumber and plywood DOES NOT go in the
                                   demolition cell and should be kept separate from other
                                   construction/demolition material. See Ponderosa Landfill.



     KEEP IT!!                     VARNISH - See Paint.



     USE IT!!                      VOLUME-BASED FEES - A Blue Earth County Ordinance
                                   requires licensed garbage haulers to offer volume-based fees.
                                   This means the less you throw way, the less you should pay. You
                                   should pay less if you set out one can a week than if you set out
                                   three cans per week. Some haulers offer a Per Bag service in
                                   which you buy the bags in advance and the hauler picks up the
                                   bags when they are full. By preventing waste you can save
It can save you money              money on collection and disposal.


    and protect our                WASTE EXCHANGE - See Product Reuse Center, SEMREX and
                                   Materials Exchange.

     environment!                  WASTE REDUCTION - Your first option in handling your waste
                                   should always be to not produce waste in the first place. Be a
                                   SMART shopper and buy only the amounts that you need and with
      Printed on recycled paper.   a minimum of packaging.

                                   Any homeowner, business, school, or organization can request
                                   more information about how to reduce your waste by calling Blue
                                   Earth County Environmental Services 24-hour hotline at (507)
                                   389-8242. See Materials Exchange and SEMREX.

                                   WATER TESTING - Blue Earth County tests water samples for the
                                   presence of Coliform Bacteria and Nitrates. Call Blue Earth
                                   County Environmental Services for more information at (507) 389-
                                   8381.

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                                                                                           County and State Environmental Agencies

TIRES -                                                                 Blue Earth County Environmental Services 24-Hour Hotline.......(507) 389-8242
      Reduce - Buy high-mileage, long-lasting tires.                    Blue Earth County Recycling Center............................................(507) 345-4255

       Reuse - Buy retreads.                                            SMC Compost Site.......................................................................(507) 388-3122

         Disposal - Tires can be taken to retailers or the Blue Earth   SMC Demfill …………………………………………………………..(507) 388-3122
County Recycling Center for proper disposal. There is a fee. It is      Blue Earth County Household Hazardous
illegal to burn tires in Minnesota. To receive a list of retailers               Waste Facility 24-Hour Hotline......................................(507) 389-8242
accepting old tires. Leave a message at the 24-hour hotline by
calling 507-389-8242.                                                   Blue Earth County Product Reuse Center 24-Hour Hotline                          .(507) 389-8242

                                                                        Blue Earth County Very Small Quantity
                                                                                 Generator Program (VSQG)...........................................(507) 389-8242
TOILET BOWL CLEANER - See Corrosive Cleaners.
                                                                        Blue Earth County Ponderosa Landfill..........................................(507) 625-7301

                                                                        Blue Earth County Sheriff=s Department........................................(507) 387-8711
                                                                                 Emergency      911

                                                                        Minnesota Department of Health...................................................(507) 389-2501
                                                                                410 E. Jackson, Suite 150, Nichols
TOYS -
                                                                        Minnesota Department of Agriculture……………………………….1-800-657-3986
        Reduce - Buy fewer commercial toys. Encourage children
to play with items around the house: pots and pans, plastic             Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR)………………(507)-389-6713
containers, home-made blocks, etc.
                                                                        University of Minnesota Extension Service-Blue Earth County…...(507) 389-8325
        Reuse - Donate unwanted, unbroken toys to charities,
                                                                        Minnesota Office of Environmental Assistance (St. Paul).............1-800-657-3843
friends, relatives, and day care centers or sell them at
consignment shops or garage sales.                                      Minnesota Pollution Control Agency ………………………………..1-800-657-3864

Toys are not recyclable in Blue Earth County.                           Minnesota Pollution Control Agency Duty Officer.........................1-800-422-0798
                                                                                Spills Hotline (St. Paul)...................................................1-800-657-3864

                                                                        Minnesota Technical Assistance
TRANSMISSION FLUID - See Auto Fluids.                                           Program (MnTAP)...........................................................1-800-247-0015

                                                                        Minnesota Waste Processing Company (MWPC)
                                                                                 Transfer Station……………………………………………(507) 625-5746




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           Businesses: Solvents should be treated as hazardous
    waste. For fact sheets regarding reducing the use of solvents call
    the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency at 1-800-657-3864.


    SPILLS - If you are aware that petroleum products, pesticides, or
    other hazardous wastes have spilled or leaked into the ground or
    water, immediately call the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency
    Duty Officer at 1-800-422-0798

    SPOT REMOVERS - See Solvents.


    STORM SEWERS - Should NEVER be used for any type of waste
    disposal.


    SYRINGES - See Needles.


    TAR and ADHESIVE PAILS - See Adhesives.


    TEXTILES - See Clothing.


    THERMOSTATS and THERMOMETERS -

          Disposal - Thermostats and thermometers contain
    mercury. Homeowners should take them to the Blue Earth County
    Household Hazardous Waste Facility. See Hazardous Waste.

           Businesses: Mercury containing devices must be treated
    as hazardous wastes.


    TIN CANS - See Cans: Metal.


    TIN FOIL - See Aluminum Foil.

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       Reduce - Use water-based cleaners in place of solvent-          Alphabetical Listing of Wastes and Waste Facilities
based cleaners as much as possible.
                                                                       ADHESIVES - Glues, caulking compounds, epoxy resins, pastes,
         Disposal - Solvent-based cleaners should not be disposed      joint fillers, wood putty, grout, spackling compounds, rubber
of down a drain, in the trash, or down a toilet. They should be        cement.
brought to the Blue Earth County Household Hazardous Waste
Facility. See Hazardous Waste also.                                           Reduce - Try to buy the least toxic adhesive needed for
                                                                       your project. The safest environmental choice is the one that is
        Businesses : Unused solvent-based cleaners should be           water soluble. Buy only as much as you need for your project.
treated as hazardous waste. See Hazardous Waste.                       See Product Reuse Center.

SOLVENTS - Paint thinner, remover & stripper, nail polish                    Reuse - Save and use adhesives for future projects. Use
removers, rubbing (wood) alcohol, spot & stain removers, gasoline      them up. Give unused adhesives to a contractor or someone else
additives, and deicers.                                                who can use them. See Product Reuse Center.

        Reduce - Buy only what you need. Use latex paint and                    Disposal - Useable water-based glues (like white school
other water-based products whenever possible to avoid the need         glue) can be placed in the trash. Epoxies and any adhesives that
to clean with solvents. See Product Reuse Center.                      are flammable, poisonous, corrosive, or contain petroleum
                                                                       distillates, should be brought to the Blue Earth County Household
       Reuse - Paint thinner that has been used to clean up paint      Hazardous Waste Facility or a household hazardous waste mobile
supplies can be separated and reused. Follow these steps:              collection event. If the container is empty or the product is
                                                                       completely dry, it can be placed in the trash.
       1. Work outdoors, away from children and pets. Never
        smoke while handling paint thinner. Work away from                    Businesses: Unless they are water-based, adhesives
       sparks, heat, or flame. Wear protective clothing                should be treated as hazardous waste.
       suggested on the product label and avoid breathing
       solvent fumes.
       2. Pour used thinner into a transparent container with a        AEROSOL CANS -
         good seal (A good reuse idea!) and store it away from                Reduce - Buy products in pump-type containers rather
        children, pets, and sources of heat and flame. In a few        than aerosols. Some pump containers can be refilled.
         weeks, the dissolved paint will settle to the bottom of the
           container.                                                         Reuse - Aerosol cans cannot be reused. They contain
       3. When the paint has settled, carefully pour the clean         propellents that may be harmful. Pump spray bottles can be
       solvent off the top. This thinner can be reused, and can        reused (if thoroughly rinsed) for other things like misting plants.
         be recycled this way several times.
       4. Homeowners can take the remaining sludge to the Blue               Recycle - Bring to the Blue Earth County Household
       Earth County Household Hazardous Waste Facility.                Hazardous Waste Facility where they will be recycled properly.

         Disposal - Unused or unusable solvents should be                     Disposal - Aerosol cans that are not empty should be
brought to the Blue Earth County Household Hazardous Waste             taken to the Household Hazardous Waste Facility or a mobile
Facility. See Hazardous Waste.

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collection event. See Hazardous Waste. Do not burn aerosol                purchasing pudding in a 5.9 oz. Instant box instead of a 6-
cans. They are a safety hazard.                                    pack snack size reduces waste by 89% and is 64% less
                                                                   expensive or;
Businesses: Aerosol cans are considered hazardous waste, and
must be disposed of properly.                                             purchase reusable containers to use in a lunch box.

ALUMINUM CANS - See Cans: Metal.                                   Call the Minnesota Office of Environmental Assistance for more
                                                                   information at 1-800-657-3843.

ALUMINUM FOIL and ALUMINUM TRAYS -
       Reduce - Use reusable dishes and containers instead of      SMC COMPOST SITE
aluminum foil or trays.                                            Southern Minnesota Construction operates a yard and garden
                                                                   compost site in Mankato. Items accepted include bags of leaves,
        Reuse - Wash and reuse aluminum foil more than one         brush, garden waste, Christmas Trees and wreaths. Call SMC for
time. Aluminum trays can be used again for baking and heating      hours and fees at 507-388-3122.
food in a conventional oven.

       Recycle - Aluminum foil and aluminum trays can be
recycled along with aluminum cans that are rinsed clean. See
Recycling Collection.                                              SMC DEMFILL

                                                                   Southern Minnesota Construction offers a Demfill to accept
AMMUNITION - including fireworks and flares; call the Blue Earth   Demolition Debris from the public. Call SMC for hours and fees at
County Sheriff’s Department at (507) 387-8711.                     507-388-3122.


ANIMALS - Dead animals can be picked up by a rendering service     SMOKE DETECTORS - There are two types of smoke detectors.
(see Rendering Companies in the phone book yellow pages) or        They are photoelectric and ionizing. Ionizing detectors contain a
call the Minnesota Department of Health (507) 389-2501             small amount of radioactive materials.

                                                                          Reduce - When purchasing a new smoke detector, check
ANTIFREEZE - Antifreeze contains chemicals that can be             the label and purchase a photoelectric detector.
poisonous to humans and animals.
                                                                          Disposal - Ionizing detectors will have an address on the
       Reduce - Purchase only the amount you need.                 back where you can return the detector. Photoelectric detectors
                                                                   may be wrapped in a plastic bag and thrown in the regular
      Reuse - Antifreeze can be recycled through the Household     garbage.
Hazardous Waste Facility. Do not mix with oil or other solvents.
Take used antifreeze to the Blue Earth County Household            SOLVENT-BASED CLEANERS - Waxes, polishes, degreasers,
Hazardous Waste Facility or find a retailer who will accept used   and other petroleum-based products.
automotive fluids for proper disposal. See Hazardous Waste.

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such as appliances, fuel tanks, tires, and automobiles now require
special handling to prevent pollution.                                      Businesses: Antifreeze should be treated as a hazardous
                                                                     waste. See Hazardous Waste.
       Recycle - Many scrap yards will accept a wide variety of
metals, from aluminum cans to siding. They may also store
equipment or parts you may need. See the phone book yellow           APPLIANCES - If handled improperly, appliances can damage the
pages under Scrap Metals and Recycling Centers.                      environment because many contain freon, PCB’s, and mercury.

                                                                             Reduce - Buy quality appliances that are durable and
SEMREX (SouthEast Minnesota Recyclers Exchange)- An                  energy savers. Run dishwashers, washing machines, and dryers
organization comprised of public and private members that work       only when full. Dry clothes outside whenever possible. Use
together to promote recycling and waste reduction in Blue Earth      ceiling and floor fans instead of air conditioners.
County plus several other counties in Southern Minnesota.
Services offered include:                                                    Reuse - Donate working appliances to charities or friends.
                                                                      Sell them at garage sales or through newspaper ads. Consider
       Materials Exchange                                            buying a used appliance instead of purchasing new.
       Cooperative Marketing
       Market Development                                                    Repair - Repair old appliances when possible. However,
                                                                     very old appliances may be energy hogs. You may save more
Call SEMREX for more information, at 507-529-4526.                   money in the long run by replacing old appliances with newer
                                                                     energy efficient models.
SHEETROCK - See Building Materials.
                                                                            Recycle - Major Appliances must be recycled under State
                                                                     Statute. Included are: clothes washers and dryers, dishwashers,
SHINGLES - See Building Materials and Asbestos.                      hot water heaters, heat pumps, furnaces, garbage disposals, trash
                                                                     compactors, conventional and microwave ovens, ranges and
                                                                     stoves, air conditioners, dehumidifiers, refrigerators and freezers.
SHOES - See Leather Goods.
                                                                     Some new appliance dealers will take your old appliance when
                                                                     you buy a new one. Make sure that they are using an authorized
SHOPPING BAGS - See Bags.                                            appliance recycler.


SHOPPING SMART (SAVING MONEY AND REDUCING                            ASBESTOS - Asbestos was used in building construction (in items
TRASH) - There are lots of ideas for saving money and reducing       such as shingles, siding, insulation, and linoleum) as fire-proofing
trash. When you’re shopping, buy products with less packaging        until the mid-1980's when it was determined to be harmful to
such as:                                                             human health. The primary concern with handling asbestos is
                                                                     exposure to airborne fibers. These fibers if inhaled, can cause
       purchasing a 72 oz. bag of oatmeal instead of a box with      lung damage or cancer.
12 packets reduces waste by 84% and is 72% less expensive;


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        Disposal - Asbestos is accepted at the Ponderosa Landfill.    The Blue Earth County Recycling Center is operated by Waste
Before you start an asbestos removal project, call the Minnesota      Management, Inc., and is located in Lehillier. Hours at this drive-
Pollution Control Agency Asbestos Hotline at 1-800-657-3864.          through facility are Monday - Friday 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., and
                                                                      Saturday 9:00 a.m. - 1 p.m. In addition, a 24-Hour drop off area is
                                                                      available for co-mingled recycling. For more information, call the
ASH - See Burning and Farm Disposal.                                  24-Hour Hotline at 507-389-8242.


AUTO FLUIDS - See Antifreeze, Oil Filters, Oil: Motor, Windshield     RECYCLING COLLECTION - Also see Recycling Centers. As a
Fluid.                                                                resident or business of Blue Earth County, you have two options:

        Disposal - Many auto fluid wastes like brake, steering, and          1. You may contract with a private garbage hauler to pick
transmission fluids are hazardous and must be taken to the Blue                   up your garbage. As part of their services, they may
Earth County Household Hazardous Waste Facility or mobile                          offer you curbside recycling service. To contact a
collection event. See Hazardous Waste.                                          hauler about services, look in the phone book yellow

                                                                                 pages under Garbage Collection.
AUTO PARTS -
       Reuse - Find out if used or rebuilt engines or parts are              2. If you choose not to contract with a garbage hauler, you
available from a salvage dealer (see Automobile Parts & Supplies                  may take your recyclables to the Blue Earth County
- Used and Rebuilt in the phone book yellow pages).                                 Recycling Center yourself.

        Recycle - Many parts can be taken to scrap metal dealers
or salvage yards.                                                             Businesses: Your regular trash hauler may offer collection
                                                                      services for recyclable glass bottles and jars, aluminum cans,
                                                                      corrugated cardboard, and recyclable office paper. Contact your
BAGS - (Grocery/Shopping) Paper or Plastic? Both types of bags        current garbage hauler to receive information or bring materials
are made from natural resources and have different environmental      directly to the Blue Earth County Recycling Center. See
impacts so there is not a clear choice to which is preferable. The    Recycling Centers.
best solution is a durable, reusable (plastic, cotton, or canvas)
bag.
                                                                      SANITARY SEWERS - Should only be used for their intended
       Reduce - Canvas or string bags can be reused over and          purpose; they should NOT be used as a means for chemical
over. Some grocers will even give you a few cents back if you         waste disposal.
bring your own bag.

       Reuse - Take paper or plastic bags back to the store with      SCRAP YARDS and SALVAGE OPERATIONS - Businesses
you and reuse them, Some stores offer a credit for reusing their      handling scrap metals play a very important role in recycling.
bags. Paper bags can be used to wrap packages, as book                However, many of the materials accepted by scrap yards in the
covers, or to put your newspapers in for recycling. Plastic bags      past are now considered special or hazardous wastes. Things


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                                                                        can be used and reused as storage bags for baked goods, as
For more information on disposal rates and types of waste               garbage bags, or to carry wet items such as swim wear.
material accepted call Blue Earth County Ponderosa Landfill at
507-625-7301.                                                           Businesses: Ask if customers need a bag or sell reusable bags
                                                                        stamped with your name and logo and encourage reuse. Give
                                                                        monetary credit to customers who bring their own bags.
POST-CONSUMER RECYCLED CONTENT - Look for and buy
products that have Apost-consumer recycled content. That means
that the product was made from material that we (the consumers)                Recycle - Some stores will take back their own plastic
have recycled. Check product labels to see if they contain              shopping bags for recycling. The Blue Earth County Recycling
recycled material. Common items that may have post-consumer             Center does not recycle plastic bags.
recycled content include:
                                                                               Disposal - Plastic bags that cannot be returned to the
       toilet tissue          computer paper                            store can be put in the regular trash. It is illegal to burn plastic
       carpeting              paper towels                              bags.
       trash bags             sandpaper
       reflective paint       school supplies
       notebook paper         copy paper                                BATTERIES - Some batteries contain metals such as mercury,
                                                                        lithium, nickel, and/or cadmium, which can be harmful to the
                                                                        environment if not disposed of properly.
PRODUCT REUSE CENTER- FREE usable household products
such as paint, stain, adhesives, and lawn and garden products are                Reduce - Buy equipment that can be plugged into an
available at the Household Hazardous Waste Facility. Though             outlet instead of using batteries.
products on the shelves are free, there are limits to quantities that
may be taken. The products are for residential use only, and                   Reuse - Buy items such as batteries and flashlights that
users must be at least 18 years old to take products. See               can be recharged.
Hazardous Waste.
                                                                               Recycle -
                                                                               Auto batteries - DO NOT throw them in the trash or bury
PROPANE TANKS - See Fuel Storage Tanks and Gas Bottles.                 them! They should be taken to a reclaimer to be recycled. By
                                                                        Minnesota law, any business that sells new batteries and replaces
                                                                        them in your car is required to collect batteries (up to five per
RECYCLED CONTENT: PURCHASING - Recyclables are like                     person) for recycling. They are also accepted free of charge at
any raw material. If there is demand for products made from             the Blue Earth County Household Hazardous Waste Facility
recycled materials, manufacturers will keep using them to make
products and save natural resources. Consumers can help keep                           Rechargeable batteries - Bring them to the Blue
that demand high by buying products made from recycled                  Earth County Household Hazardous Waste Facility. DO NOT
materials. Look for post-consumer recycled content on product           throw them in the trash! See Household Hazardous Waste.
labels.
                                                                              Businesses: The Rechargeable Battery Recycling
RECYCLING CENTERS -                                                     Corporation (RBRC) offers a free service to retail businesses that

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would like to collect rechargeable batteries from their customers.            Businesses: See Hazardous Waste.
Collection boxes are provided by RBRC. If you would like more
information about becoming a collector contact:                        PHONE BOOKS -
                                                                            Reduce - Only accept phone books that you need.
       Rechargeable Battery Recycling Corporation
       1-800-822-8837                                                         Recycle - Watch for a telephone book recycling program
                                                                       when the new telephone books come out. Call your phone
Consider switching from NI-CADs or mercury batteries to zinc-air,      company for information or take phone books to the Blue Earth
rechargeable alkaline or other less hazardous batteries.               County Recycling Center. See Recycling Centers.

               Mercury button batteries - These are commonly                  Disposal - It against Minnesota Statutes to place phone
found in hearing aids, watches and cameras. Take these to the          books in with your trash. Minnesota State Law requires phone
Household Hazardous Waste Facility or to a mobile collection           books to be recycled.
event. Some stores who sell these also take them back. DO NOT
throw them in the trash!
                                                                       PLASTICS -
       Businesses: Button batteries contain mercury and cannot                Recycle - Rinse clean, remove caps and rings. Crush to
be thrown in the trash. Check with the company that supplies you       conserve space. Plastic trays, buckets, bags, and toys are not
with your batteries for recycling options.                             recyclable in Blue Earth County. Plastics #1 - #7 with a neck and
                                                                       shoulders are accepted at the Blue Earth County Recycling
               Household (alkaline) batteries - New alkaline           Center. No Styrofoam or film plastics (plastic bags) are accepted.
batteries (purchased after 1991) have much smaller amounts of          See Recycling Centers.
mercury and require no special handling. Throw them in the
garbage.                                                                       Disposal - Home owners may throw plastic bottles in the
                                                                       trash. It is illegal to burn plastic. See also Farm Disposal.

BLOOD and BODY FLUIDS - See Infectious Waste.
                                                                       PONDEROSA LANDFILL - Located on County Road 34 in South
                                                                       Bend Township. This landfill is designed to accept four types of
BOOKS -                                                                waste:
        Reduce - Instead of buying a book, see if it is available at
a library.                                                                    1. Demolition Materials - building and construction debris,
                                                                              2. Mixed Municipal Solid Waste - commercial and
       Reuse - Share books with friends or neighbors. Donate                  residential garbage, including what is transferred or by-
books to libraries or charities like the Salvation Army. Sell or buy          passed to the landfill when the Wilmarth Waste-to Energy
them at garage sales or used book stores.                                     Facility is performing scheduled maintenance.
                                                                              3. Ash - ash resulting from the combustion of garbage,
       Recycle - Books can be recycled at the Blue Earth County                     coal, and medical waste. (Ash from the Wilmarth
Recycling Center. Hardcover books must have the covers                        Power Plant is placed in it’s own, separate monofill).
removed.                                                                      4. Non-hazardous Industrial Waste (see
                                                                                 Industrial/Commercial Waste).

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       Businesses: Quality paper products made from recycled                    Disposal - If unwanted or unusable, books may be placed
material are available, sometimes at lower cost than non-recycled      in the trash.
products. Read labels to find post-consumer recycled content
paper.
                                                                       BOXES: CORRUGATED - Corrugated cardboard has two thin
       Disposal - Paper products, except those which are               layers separated by a wavy layer in the middle such as grocery
recyclable, can be placed in the trash.                                store boxes and appliances boxes.

                                                                              Reuse - Reuse cardboard boxes for storage, hauling,
PESTICIDES: AGRICULTURAL - Improper use and disposal of                carrying groceries, moving, etc.
pesticides can cause damage to your health and the environment.
                                                                              Recycle - Clean corrugated cardboard is recyclable
       Reduce - Avoid using them as much as possible. When             through curbside collection or at a recycling center. Corrugated
you do use them, do so carefully for their intended purpose            cardboard can be recycled unless it has a waxy coating on it, or it
according to label directions. Use custom application to avoid         has attached styrofoam supports, or it is wet or otherwise
having any unused pesticides on your farmstead. Use mini-bulk          contaminated. Then it may go in the trash. See Recycling
systems to reduce the number of pesticide containers needing           Centers.
disposal.

       Recycle - Call the Minnesota Department of Agriculture for      BOXES: FOOD - Boxboard is one layer of cardboard that is white
information, at 1-800-657-3986 .                                       or gray on the inside. Examples are cereal and frozen food
                                                                       boxes.

         Disposal -.Call the Minnesota Department of Agriculture              Reduce - Buy foods with less packaging. Whenever
for information, at 1-800-967-2474 .                                   possible, buy in bulk or in bags or bottles that can be reused.

                                                                               Recycle - Boxboard may be recycled at the Blue Earth
Pesticides: Non-Agricultural (Herbicides, Insecticides,                County Recycling Center provided it is not designed to go in the
Rodenticides, and Fungicides) -                                        fridge or freezer. These types of boxboard do not recycle.

         Reduce - If you live in a city, home applied pesticides can
be washed into the city storm sewer which leads directly to
surface water streams and ditches. Avoid using pesticides              BRANCHES and BRUSH -
whenever possible. When you do use them, do so carefully for                 Reduce - Trim often. Don’t let unwanted growth get out of
their intended purpose according to label directions. Share            hand. Smaller growth means less waste and lower disposal costs.
leftovers with others.
                                                                              Disposal - Contract with a tree service to remove your
      Disposal - If you have pesticides that you cannot use,           branches and/or brush or take them directly to the SMC Compost
homeowners should take them to the Blue Earth County                   Site. Branches and brush may not go to the Ponderosa Landfill.
Household Hazardous Waste Facility. See Hazardous Waste.


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BUILDING MATERIALS - Waste materials that result from new
construction and remodeling.                                                    Reduce - Buy only the amount of paint that you need.
                                                                         Measure the space you need and ask hardware or paint store
       Reduce - Measure your construction projects carefully so          personnel to help you buy the right amount. Avoid using oil paints
you have as little waste as possible.                                    as much as possible. Apply another coat to use up leftover paint.
                                                                          See Product Reuse Center.
       Reuse - Consider donating material to local theater groups
or organizations such as Habitat for Humanity.                                    Reuse - Give unused paints to theater groups, schools,
                                                                         Habitat for Humanity, or anyone else that can use it. If you’ll have
       Recycle - Separate such items as metal, clean (untreated)         a future need for it, properly store it. Make sure the lid is tightly
wood, and clean corrugated cardboard. These items can be                 closed. Store cans in a dry area where they won’t freeze. Latex
recycled, which costs less than disposal.                                paint stays in good condition for up to 10 years, oil-based, 15
                                                                         years. As a general rule, paint that mixes smoothly when stirred
        Disposal - Building materials cannot be burned. Materials        can still be used. See Product Reuse Center.
such as concrete, sheetrock/drywall, wood, plastic, metal,
insulation, roofing/shingles, siding, bricks, etc. may be taken to the          Disposal -
Ponderosa Landfill or the SMC Demfill.                                                 Latex - Homeowners should bring it to the Blue
                                                                         Earth County Household Hazardous Waste Facility.
         The following items may contain chemicals that are unsafe
in a demolition debris cell, such as the SMC Demfill. Separate                          Oil-based - Homeowners should bring what they
them from other building materials before you take them to the           cannot use to the Household Hazardous Waste Facility.
landfill. See the listing in this manual for each of these to
determine the proper disposal option.                                          Businesses: All paint-related waste is considered to be
                                                                         hazardous until it is shown to be non-hazardous. See Hazardous
       Tar & Adhesives        Paint                                      Waste and Industrial/Commercial Waste.
       Carpet                 Caulking Tubes
       Tires                  Appliances
       Garbage                Treated Wood (such as plywood,             PAINT THINNERS -
                               particle board & green lumber)                   Reduce - Using latex paints avoids the need for paint
                                                                         thinners.
If the above items are not separated from building materials you
may pay a fine for an improperly sorted load or a higher fee if the             Disposal - See Solvents.
entire load has to be disposed of as garbage.

                                                                         PAPER PRODUCTS - Toilet paper, tissue, paper towels, paper
BURNING - According to Minnesota law, burning garbage, is                plates, paper cups, etc. Also see Office Paper.
illegal except for farmers. See Farm Disposal.
                                                                                 Reduce - Buy post-consumer recycled products as much
We live in the country but aren’t farmers. Why shouldn’t we burn         as possible. Use non-disposable alternatives like handkerchiefs,
garbage? We’ve been doing it for years.                                  cloth towels, ceramic plates and cups, etc.


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OIL: MOTOR -                                                             We now know that many ordinary items such as paper products,
         Recycle - It is a violation of state law to dump used motor     painted items, and brightly colored plastics contain harmful
oil on the land or to put it with regular garbage. Local retailers       compounds such as cadmium, mercury, lead, and dioxins which
who sell motor oil are required to accept it or tell you where you       are not properly controlled by open burning. Those chemicals get
can take it. A list of retailers who accept certain automotive           into the air or ash and can create health and environmental risks.
wastes, including used motor oil, is available from Blue Earth
County. Call the 24-hour Hotline at 507-389-8242, and leave a                   But if I take it to the MWPC Transfer Station it gets burned
message requesting a list.                                                      at the Wilmarth Waste to Energy Facility anyway. What’s
                                                                                the difference?
     Businesses: Must recycle, or if contaminated, you must
manage as hazardous waste.                                               The Wilmarth Waste to Energy Facility utilizes careful combustion
                                                                         practices to maximize destruction of potential contaminants.
                                                                         Additionally, it has pollution control devices to control harmful air
OIL FILTERS - State law prohibits anyone from putting oil filters in     emissions. The facility is strictly regulated by state and federal
their trash. Ask local service stations or retailers if they will take   law. The heat produced by burning garbage also creates steam
them or call Blue Earth County Environmental Services at (507)           for electricity. The ash from Wilmarth goes into a landfill designed
389-8242 and leave a message requesting a list.                          especially for ash only (called a monofill). It is built to prevent
                                                                         groundwater pollution.
       Businesses: As of January 1, 1994, businesses have two
options for managing their filters:                                             But what do I do with my garbage?

       1. Recycling used oil filters; or                                 Reduce, reuse, and recycle all that you can. The rest can be
       2. Disposing of used oil filters as hazardous waste.              collected by a licensed hauler or you can take it to the appropriate
                                                                         facility yourself. See: Garbage Collection & Disposal.
Please call the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency at 1-800-657-
3864 for more information.
                                                                         CANS: METAL -
                                                                                Reduce - Purchase food in bulk or frozen alternatives to
ON-SITE DISPOSAL - See Burning, Farm Disposal, and                       reduce your need for many cans. Buy it fresh or grow your own if
Demolition Debris.                                                       possible.

                                                                               Recycle - Metal cans can be recycled at the Blue Earth
OVEN CLEANER-                                                            County Recycling Center. They should be rinsed well.
        Reduce - Invest in a self cleaning or continuous cleaning
oven. Clean your oven regularly to avoid the need for caustic            See Recycling Centers.
cleaners. Buy less caustic oven cleaners that use heat instead of
lye to dissolve grime. See also Corrosive Cleaners and Product                  Businesses: Bring cans to the Blue Earth County
Reuse Center.                                                            Recycling Center, or contact your hauler.


PAINT - Latex and oil-based paints, varnishes, wood stains, etc.

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        Disposal - Residents are not prohibited by law from                     Reduce - Purchase a newspaper only when you want one.
throwing their metal cans in the trash but are strongly encouraged       Subscribe to the Weekend or Sunday edition instead of a daily
to recycle them.                                                        edition or share a subscription with a friend.

                                                                                Businesses: Order only one subscription and route it to
CAR WAX - See Solvent-based Cleaners.                                   other offices or put it in a common area.

                                                                               Reuse - Use newspaper as wrapping paper or packing
CARDBOARD - See Boxes: Corrugated.                                      cushion. Use it to wash windows.

                                                                                Recycle - Newspapers are recyclable in Blue Earth County
CARPET -                                                                at the Recycling Center.
       Reduce - Purchase durable carpets that are made to last.
Clean your carpets often to reduce the need to replace them.                    Disposal - Newspapers contaminated with grease, oil, or
Rent carpet cleaning equipment or hire a professional carpet            other non-recyclable materials should be disposed of in the trash.
cleaning service.                                                        However, clean, dry newspapers should always be recycled to
                                                                        avoid increasing garbage disposal costs and wasting natural
       Reuse - See used carpet or give it away. Consider buying         resources. Ask your newspaper how much recycled content is in
carpet made from recycled plastic.                                      their newsprint!

        Disposal - Carpet can be disposed of at the Ponderosa                 Businesses: Contact your hauler or bring your
Landfill.                                                               newspapers directly to the Blue Earth County Recycling Center.


CATALOGS -                                                              OFFICE PAPER -
       Reduce - Write or call the companies whose catalogs you                 Reduce - Buy paper that is made from post-consumer
don’t want to receive. Ask to be taken off their mailing list. For      recycled products.
subscriptions you wish to receive, tell them not to sell or give your
name to other mail order companies. See also Junk Mail.                        Reuse - Make two-sided copies. Use blank backs or used
                                                                        envelopes for scratch paper.
       Recycle - Catalogs that are made from shiny or Glossy
paper may be recycled with magazines. See Magazines.                           Recycle - Recyclable office paper includes notebook, copy
                                                                        and computer paper. Office paper that is NOT recyclable includes
       Disposal - Catalogs made from other types of paper may           dark colored paper, carbon paper, thermal fax paper, Kleenex,
be thrown in the garbage.                                               paper towels, etc.


CAULK and CAULKING TUBES - Caulk and caulking tubes                             Businesses: You may contract with your hauler for
should be separated from building materials.                            recycling services, or bring your office paper to the Blue Earth
                                                                        County Recycling Center yourself, free of charge.


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                                                                            Disposal - Caulk should be disposed of at the Blue Earth
MINNESOTA TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE PROGRAM (MnTAP) -                      County Household Hazardous Waste Facility. See Adhesives.
        Businesses: MnTAP is a non-regulatory program based
at the University of Minnesota that works with Minnesota              If it has one of these words on the label residents should bring it to
businesses providing technical assistance in the areas of pollution   the Household Hazardous Waste Facility or a mobile collection
prevention, waste management, and related environmental               event. See Hazardous Waste.
protection activities. They have developed or collected material      :
that businesses can use to reduce waste and emissions based on                 Danger                Flammable
current industrial practices and available technology. Among their             Warning               Combustible
many services are telephone assistance, site visits, and referrals;            Caution               Corrosive
all services are free of charge. For more information, call 1-800-
247-0015.                                                                     Businesses: Unless caulk is water soluble, it should be
                                                                      treated as hazardous waste. If the containers are completely
                                                                      empty, they may be thrown in the regular trash.
NAIL POLISH -
       Disposal - When you can=t use it up, bring it to the Blue
Earth County Household Hazardous Waste Facility.                      CHRISTMAS TREES -
                                                                             Disposal - Christmas trees should be taken to the SMC
                                                                      Compost Site, where they will be chipped into mulch. Christmas
NAIL POLISH REMOVER - See Solvents.                                   trees should NOT be dumped into lakes or burned in a fireplace.

                                                                      CLEANERS - Window cleaners, multi-purpose cleaners,
NAVAL JELLY - See Corrosive Cleaners.                                 ammonia.

                                                                              Reduce - Use them up! Buy only the cleaners that you
NEEDLES - Needles from intravenous medications, such as               really need. Some household cleaners can be hazardous. Try
insulin (includes syringes and lancets), can injure garbage haulers   using some safer alternatives. There are many cleaners that are
and workers at our processing facilities.                             made with non-hazardous ingredients. Books and pamphlets with
                                                                      suggested alternatives are available, but some alternatives are
        Disposal - Ask the pharmacy, clinic, or hospital to take      more effective than others. Use water based cleaners as much as
them back. If they won’t take them back, put the needles in a         possible.
puncture-proof container with a lid that can be sealed (such as a
plastic pop bottle or a plastic laundry detergent container), label         Reuse – It’s better to use up cleaners for their intended
the container as Home Sharps, Do Not Recycle, and place with          purpose than to throw them away. If you have leftovers, find
your garbage.                                                         someone who can use them.

       Businesses: See Infectious Waste.                                       Disposal - Cleaners that are toxic, corrosive, flammable,
                                                                      or poisonous can be taken to the Household Hazardous Waste
NEWSPAPERS -                                                          Facility or to a mobile collection event. See Hazardous Waste,
                                                                      Corrosive Cleaners, and Solvent-based Cleaners.


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      Businesses: Non-toxic industrial cleaners are available.               Recycling - Magazines are accepted for recycling at the
Ask your supplier about them. Many cleaning agents are                Blue Earth County Recycling Center.
hazardous. See Hazardous Waste.

                                                                      MEDICATIONS -
CLOTHING -                                                                   Disposal - Prescription and non-prescription medications
       Reduce - Buy clothes that will last and not become quickly     can be disposed of in your regular trash. CHEMOTHERAPY
outdated.                                                             DRUGS are hazardous wastes and should be returned to the
                                                                      hospital or pharmacy where purchased - they are extremely toxic.
        Reuse - Donate or resell items to family, friends, thrift      See Needles.
stores, or organizations in need (you could receive tax deductions
or cash). Buy and sell secondhand items at fairs, bazaars, swap
meets, and garage sales. Some thrift stores will have clothes         MERCURY - Any mercury or items containing mercury.
recycled after a certain period of time. Use old clothing for                Disposal - Thermometers, thermostats, button batteries,
cleaning rags.                                                        and other mercury containing items should be taken to the
                                                                      Household Hazardous Waste Facility or to a household hazardous
       Repair - When possible, mend torn clothing or alter            waste mobile collection event. See Household Hazardous Waste.
clothes that no longer fit.
                                                                              Businesses: Businesses should treat any items containing
       Recycle - Clean clothing, if it is in good condition, can be   mercury as hazardous waste. There are mercury recyclers that
dropped off at the Salvation Army during operating hours (507)        will take or in some cases pay for mercury. See MnTAP for more
345-7840. Textiles are also accepted at the Blue Earth County         information.
Recycling Center free of charge.
                                                                      METAL: SCRAP - Many types of metal are accepted by scrap
                                                                      metal dealers and recycling centers. Check the yellow pages
COMMERCIAL WASTE - See Industrial/Commercial Waste                    under Recycling Centers or Scrap Metals. Also, small scrap metal
                                                                      items are accepted at the Blue Earth County Recycling Center.
COMPOST - Yard, garden, and food waste.

        Reduce - Mow your lawn on a regular basis to keep the         MILK CONTAINERS -
clippings short and let them fall where they may. This can feed              Reduce - Buy milk in returnable bottles. Refillable bottles
your lawn and make it healthier.                                      save energy, reduce pollution, and prevent waste.

Leaves and grass clippings can be used as mulch in gardens and                Reuse - Cut off the tops and bottoms of plastic milk jugs to
flower beds to reduce weeds, nourish the soil, and retain moisture.   protect young plants from predators in the garden. Reuse plastic
                                                                      jugs for mixing fertilizer, watering plants, or craft projects. Store
        Reuse - Garden waste such as vines, decayed vegetable         used oil in old plastic jugs.
and fruit can be composted. Fruit and vegetable scraps can be
put into a home compost pile. Meat, poultry, and fish products               Recycle - Plastic milk jugs are accepted for recycling at
cannot be composted. If you aren’t familiar with composting           the Blue Earth County Recycling Center. Please rinse well.


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Facility. For Facility information, call the Blue Earth County         techniques, call Blue Earth County Environmental Services at
Environmental Services 24-Hour Hotline at 507-389-8242.                (507) 389-8381 for more information.

       Businesses: Fluorescent and High Intensity Discharge            Leaves and grass clippings can be brought to the SMC Compost
(HID) bulbs contain mercury and cannot be thrown in the garbage.       Site. Finished compost is also available from SMC.
 There are companies that recycle these bulbs. There are also
companies that offer services for the collection of these bulbs. For   COMPRESSED GASES - See Gas Bottles.
more information, contact your electric utility company.

                                                                       CONCRETE - See Demolition Debris.

LIGHT BULBS: INCANDESCENT -
        Reduce - Purchase long-lasting light bulbs that don=t have     CONCRETE CLEANER - See Corrosive Cleaners.
to be replaced often. Use fluorescent bulbs which last ten times
longer and use less electricity.
        Disposal - Incandescent light bulbs can be thrown in the       CONSTRUCTION DEBRIS - See Building Materials.
trash. They cannot be recycled.

                                                                       CONTAMINATED SOIL - See Spills.
LITTER - Littering in any public area is illegal and a misdemeanor
in Minnesota. The law reads:
                                                                       CORROSIVE CLEANERS - Drain cleaners, oven cleaners, naval
       Whoever unlawfully deposits garbage, rubbish,                   jelly, toilet bowl cleaners, etc. See also Product Reuse Center.
       or the body of a dead animal, or other litter in or
       upon any public highway, public waters or shoreland                    Reduce - Buy only the cleaners you need or try cleaners
       areas adjacent to rivers or streams, public lands,              that don’t contain caustic ingredients. Avoid products that say:
       or without the consent of owners, private lands, or
       water or ice thereon, is guilty of a misdemeanor.                          •   Contains lye
                                                                                  •   Avoid contact with skin
                                                                                  •   Acid
MAGAZINES -
       Reduce - Share subscriptions with friends, relatives, or co-           Reuse - Use it up! Give it to someone who will use it.
workers.
                                                                              Disposal - Corrosive cleaners should be taken to the Blue
       Reuse - Donate magazines to doctor=s offices, hospitals,        Earth County Household Hazardous Waste Facility or to a
nursing homes, and shelters. Some libraries in the county have a       household hazardous waste mobile collection event. See
used magazine exchange program.                                        Hazardous Waste.

        Businesses: Buy one subscription and route the copy to               Businesses: Corrosive cleaners should be treated as
other offices instead of having multiple subscriptions.                hazardous waste. See Hazardous Waste.

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CURBSIDE RECYCLING - See Recycling Collection.
                                                                         JUNK MAIL - Ask companies not to sell or give your name to other
                                                                         mail order companies. If you want to avoid having your name
DEGREASER - See Solvent-based Cleaners.                                  added to new lists, send your name to:

                                                                                Direct Marketing Association
DEMOLITION DEBRIS SOLID WASTE - Waste resulting from the                        Mail Preference Service
demolition of buildings, roads, and other structures may include                PO Box 9008
concrete, brick, bituminous, untreated wood, masonry, glass,                    Farmingdale, NY 11735-9008
trees, rock, insulation, drywall, and plastic building parts.
Demolition debris does not include the following:                        You will need to repeat this process every six months. This will
                                                                         not delete your name from any current lists. You must write to the
                   asbestos waste      paint cans                        company directly and ask that your name be removed.
                    caulking tubes     tar
                    tires              carpet                            If there are specific companies from which you do not wish to
                    appliances          adhesives                        receive mail, cut out your mailing label and return it to the
                                                                         company requesting that you be removed from their mailing list.
                   or other wastes that may cause groundwater
                    contamination.                                       LEATHER GOODS -
                                                                                Reuse - Purchase used items at thrift stores and garage
See separate entries for Asbestos, Paint, Caulk, Tires, Carpet,          sales. Give away or sell used items.
and Appliances.
                                                                                Repair - Have old items repaired instead of buying new.
       Disposal - Demolition debris cannot be burned.
Demolition debris can be taken to the SMC Demfill or the                       Disposal - Leather cannot be recycled in Blue Earth
Ponderosa Landfill .                                                     County. Unusable leather goods can be thrown in the trash.

DIAPERS -
         Reduce - Consider using cloth diapers at home and               LEAVES - See Compost.
limiting the use of disposable diapers to when you are away from
home. Disposable diapers are not recyclable.
                                                                         LIGHT BULBS: FLUORESCENT -
       Disposal - Used diapers may be thrown in the trash.                       Reduce - Fluorescent bulbs use only one-third as much
                                                                         electricity as regular incandescent bulbs. They also will last ten
                                                                         times longer than regular bulbs. They are a good choice in
DIRT FILL - Clean fill consists of dirt, rocks, sand, and similar        lighting but must be disposed of correctly.
naturally occurring materials. Clean fill is not considered a waste.
 If it is contaminated with oil (See Spills), concrete (See Demolition           Disposal - Fluorescent bulbs contain mercury, and by law
Debris) or other wastes, it should be handled separately. Call the       cannot be put in the trash. Residents should take these spent
Minnesota Pollution Control Agency 1-800-657-3864                        bulbs to the Blue Earth County Household Hazardous Waste

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There are ways to reduce the use of hazardous chemicals and
save money in the process. To receive fact sheets, or references      DRAIN CLEANER - See Corrosive Cleaners.
lists, call the Minnesota Technical Assistance Program (MnTAP)
at 1-800-247-0015, or check out their website at
www.mntap.umn.edu .                                                   DRUGS - See Medications.


                                                                      DRYWALL - See Building Materials or Demolition Debris.

INDUSTRIAL/COMMERCIAL WASTE -
        Businesses: If your business generates non-hazardous          ENVIRONMENTAL ENFORCEMENT and HAULER LICENSING -
solid waste that is not typical of regular garbage (such as ash,      Call the Blue Earth County Sheriff=s Office by dialing 911 with
dust collector fines, metal filings, paint residue, paint filters,    complaints about illegal dumping of garbage. For questions about
sludges, epoxy, fiberglass, lighting fixtures, etc.), you may be      licensing of garbage haulers, call Blue Earth County
producing Aindustrial wastes. These types of waste may require        Environmental Services at 507-389-8381.
special testing and handling to assure proper disposal at the
lowest possible cost. These wastes may be able to be disposed
of at the Ponderosa Landfill. Call Blue Earth County                  EXPLOSIVES - If you have dynamite or anything that is marked
Environmental Services at 507-389-8381.                               Explosive or that you think it might be explosive, DO NOT TOUCH
                                                                      IT!! Call the Blue Earth County Sheriff’s Office by dialing 911.

INFECTIOUS WASTE - Infectious waste is generally laboratory
waste, blood, regulated body fluids, sharps, and research animal      FARM DISPOSAL -
waste that have not been decontaminated.                                     Disposal - Farmers are people actively engaged in the
                                                                      business of raising crops or livestock. Farmers (no other person)
       Disposal: Household - See Needles.                             can burn or bury their own waste on their own land ONLY if it is
                                                                      done in a nuisance-free, pollution-free, and aesthetic manner.
         Businesses: Typical generators of infectious waste include
clinics, hospitals, ambulance services, nursing homes, dental         A farmer cannot burn or bury waste from another household or
offices, funeral homes, care services, and veterinary services.       business. Minnesota law prohibits farmers from burning or
Infectious waste cannot be thrown in with your regular garbage. It    burying lead acid batteries, appliances, hazardous waste,
must be handled separately to protect workers and the                 household batteries, used motor oil, oil filters, tires, or recyclable
environment.                                                          items. In addition, plastics cannot be burned except plastic baling
                                                                      twine.
Potential generators of infectious and pathological waste are
required to contact the Minnesota Department of Health at (507)       If you, as a farmer, decide to burn or bury your waste, restrict
389-2501, or (612) 627-5100.                                          access and design your operation to reduce pollution. Call the
                                                                      Minnesota Pollution Control Agency for information on how to
                                                                      safely manage waste on your farm. An environmentally preferred
INSULATION - See Building Materials or Demolition Debris.             alternative would be to take your garbage to the Blue Earth

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County Ponderosa Landfill or the MWPC Transfer Station, or hire
a licensed hauler. Perhaps you could share hauler services with a
neighbor.                                                             GROCERIES - See Shopping SMART.


FEEDLOTS - Owners of feedlots with more than 10 animal units          GROCERY BAGS - See Bags.
are required to complete a feedlot permit application whenever
any of the following conditions occur:

               a new feedlot is constructed;                          HAZARDOUS WASTE -
               a feedlot is expanded or modified;                     The first rules about hazardous products are to avoid them or use
               a change in ownership takes place;                     them up for their intended purpose. Improper use or disposal can
               an existing feedlot is restocked after being           be harmful to human health and the environment.
               abandoned for more than 12 months
               or an inspection by Blue Earth County staff or the     Generally, if the container says any of the following words, it
               Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) staff        probably contains hazardous chemicals:
               reveals that the feedlot is creating a potential
               pollution hazard.                                                     Danger                         Caution
                                                                                     Poison                         Flammable
Permit applications can be obtained from Blue Earth County                           Warning                        Toxic
Environmental Services.                                                              Corrosive                      Combustible
                                                                                     Contains acid                  Contains lye
                                                                                     Contains petroleum distillates
FERTILIZER: AGRICULTURAL -                                                           Causes burns to skin
        Reduce - Conduct a soil analysis to determine exact
nutrient needs. Use the smallest amount of fertilizer needed to do           Disposal: Do not place hazardous wastes in your trash.
the job. Give leftovers away to someone who can use it. See           They should be disposed of properly by taking them to the Blue
Manure.                                                               Earth County Household Hazardous Waste Facility.

        Disposal - Contact the Minnesota Department of                HOUSEHOLD HAZARDOUS WASTE COLLECTION - Blue Earth
Agriculture at 1-800-657-3986                                         County has a permanent facility located at 651 Summit Avenue in
                                                                      Mankato. Free paint and household products are also available at
                                                                      this location. See Product Reuse Center.
FERTILIZER: HOUSEHOLD -
      Reduce - leave grass clippings on the lawn when you                    Businesses: Some wastes that you are now handling as
mow. This actually helps fertilize your lawn.                         hazardous waste may in fact be Non-hazardous Industrial Waste.
                                                                       See Industrial/Commercial Waste.
        Reuse - Give extra fertilizer in its original container to
someone who may need it. Caution: Be sure to apply fertilizer         Businesses that generate hazardous wastes must obtain an EPA
only on the targeted plants. If granules fall on hard surfaces like   identification number. Call the Minnesota Pollution Control
streets, driveways, and sidewalks, make sure to sweep them up         Agency at 1-800-657-3864 for assistance.

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                                                                       for reuse. Fertilizer that washes off streets, etc. ends up in our
                                                                       local lakes, ponds, and rivers causing excessive growth of algae.
GASOLINE and KEROSENE -                                                See Product Reuse Center.
         Reuse - The best way to get rid of leftover gasoline, lamp
oil, or white gas is to use it up. For small engines that use an                Disposal - The best thing to do is to use it up. If
oil/gas mix buy only the amount you will need at that time. Buy        household fertilizers contain herbicides or pesticides they should
unleaded gasoline for small engines so that you can use leftover       be taken to the Blue Earth County Household Hazardous Waste
gasoline in your car.                                                  Facility or to a household hazardous waste mobile collection
                                                                       event. See Household Hazardous Waste.
        Disposal - Unused or unusable gasoline should be taken
to the Blue Earth County Household Hazardous Waste Facility.
See Household Hazardous Waste.                                         FLOOR ABSORBENT (FLOOR DRY) -
                                                                              Reuse - Many absorbents can be reused often. In most
                                                                       cases, discolored absorbent does not mean that the absorbent is
GLASS BOTTLES and JARS -                                               useless.
       Reduce - Use refillable or returnable bottles whenever
possible.                                                                     Disposal - Safe disposal is dependent upon the type of
                                                                       absorbent and the kind of liquid that was absorbed. If hazardous
        Reuse - Reuse your glass bottles for storing other food.       waste is absorbed, it must be evaluated prior to disposal. Call the
Store grains or other bulk goods in empty glass bottles. Store         Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, Hazardous Waste Program
screws, pens, paper clips, buttons, and other odds and ends in         Development Section at 1-800-657-3864.
glass jars.
                                                                       FLOOR WAX - See Solvent-Based Cleaners.
        Recycle - Glass food and drink bottles that are brown,
blue, green, or clear can be recycled through Blue Earth County
Recycling Center. The glass should be rinsed clean and the lids        FLUORESCENT LIGHT BULBS - See Light Bulbs: Fluorescent.
and caps removed. Labels do not need to be removed, and colors
do not need to be separated. DO NOT BREAK!!
                                                                       FUEL - See Gasoline and Kerosene.
       Disposal - Glass jars may be disposed of in your trash,
but recycling saves landfill space and natural resources, and
saves you money                                                        FUEL STORAGE TANKS -
                                                                              Recycle - Empty fuel storage tanks can be taken to scrap
The following types of glass are not recyclable because they           metal dealers or salvage yards for recycling. Call your local scrap
contain different ingredients than glass bottles. Throw these in the   metal dealer to make sure they will accept the tanks. Some will
garbage: mirrors, plexiglas, plates and dishes, ceramics, drinking     not.
glasses, windows, and incandescent light bulbs. See also
Windows and Light Bulbs.                                               Businesses: Salvage operators must notify the Minnesota
                                                                       Pollution Control Agency at 1-800-657-3864 if underground
                                                                       storage tanks are to be disturbed because the contents may be
GRASS - See Compost.                                                   considered hazardous. See Spills.

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                                                                        Because Blue Earth County garbage haulers offer fees based on
                                                                        the amount you throw away, you should also have lower garbage
FURNITURE -                                                             disposal costs. You could also share garbage services with a
       Reduce - Buy durable, good quality furniture that will last      neighbor to save money. See Volume-Based Fees.
and remain in style. Consider refinishing or reupholstering to
update old furniture.                                                           Disposal - Check the phone book yellow pages under
                                                                        Garbage Collection for hauler choices. Be sure to ask them about
       Reuse - Consider purchasing from a used furniture store.         volume-based pricing and if they are licensed in Blue Earth
Sell your old furniture instead of dumping it. Some charities           County. If you do not have garbage collection service available,
accept donations of old furniture. Used Furniture can also be           or your hauler will not pick up large items, you may take them
bought and sold through the want ads in local papers or at garage       directly to the MWPC Transfer Station or to the Ponderosa
sales.                                                                  Landfill. Call the Blue Earth County Environmental Services 24-
                                                                        Hour Hotline at 507-389-8242 for more information.
       Repair - Have old furniture repaired or reupholstered
instead of buying new.
                                                                        GARBAGE AND RECYCLING INFORMATION LINE - Call Blue
       Disposal - Unusable furniture can be taken to the Blue           Earth County Environmental Services 24-Hour Hotline at (507)
Earth County Ponderosa Landfill or the MWPC Transfer Station.           389-8242 for more information.


FURNITURE POLISH - See Solvent-Based Cleaners.                          GARDEN - See Compost.

GARBAGE COLLECTION and DISPOSAL -                                       GAS BOTTLES - Compressed gas used for grills and camping
        Blue Earth County residents can choose to hire a hauler or      equipment.
haul their own garbage to a permitted facility. These facilities
have safeguards in place which reduce pollution and limit liabilities          Reuse - Some gas bottles can be refilled. Some Blue
for potential future clean-up. See Ponderosa Landfill.                  Earth County gas stations refill or exchange gas bottles.
                                                                        Compressed gas containers are NOT recyclable through Blue
       But I don’t pay for disposal now, why should I                   Earth County Recycling Center. Use them for their intended
       bring my garbage to a facility and pay for throwing it away?     purpose or give them to a friend or neighbor who can use them.
                                                                        Consider buying an adapter that allows appliances which normally
Although garbage may look harmless, if disposed of improperly, it       use single-use cylinders to use larger refillable cylinders instead.
can cause pollution of air, soil, and drinking water. Since citizens
are liable for the clean-up of environmental damages caused by                  Disposal - Some propane and LP gas distributors will take
their regular trash, they should bring it to a facility meeting state   your containers back to be properly disposed of. Look under gas
and federal environmental protection standards. It is illegal to        in the yellow pages for the distributor nearest you. Residents may
bury or burn your garbage unless you are a farmer. See Farm             also bring them to the Blue Earth County Household Hazardous
Disposal.                                                               Waste Facility. Call (507) 389-8242 for more information.

        Reduce - By recycling, composting, and preventing waste,                Businesses: Contact your propane and LP gas
you will have less garbage and use fewer natural resources.             distributors for proper disposal information.

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