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Hennepin County battery recycling locations

Batteries should be recycled. Some batteries contain toxic metals, such as cadmium, lead or mercury, which pose a threat to human health and the environment when batteries are improperly disposed. Recycling batteries protects the environment by ensuring that heavy metals don’t pollute our air, land and water. Recycling also conserves resources because the metals recovered from batteries are used to make new products. CFLs (compact fluorescent bulbs) are not accepted in battery drop-off containers. Continue Reading →

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Can old disposable batteries be thrown in the trash?

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Truth be told, those old used up disposable alkaline batteries (AA, AAA, C, D, 9-volt, etc.) aren’t the environmental menace they used to be before the federal government mandated taking out the mercury, a potent neurotoxin linked to a wide range of environmental and health problems, as part of the Mercury-Containing and Rechargeable Battery Management Act of 1996. Continue Reading →

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June home energy workshops free for Minneapolis residents

There will be a free Home Energy 101 workshop for Minneapolis residents on June 16. Workshop attendees will learn from experts how to save energy and money at home, including info about home improvement financing. Home Energy Squad Enhanced is offering exclusive features for Minneapolis residents, and attendees can schedule a discounted home visit for $50 (usually $70) and will get a free energy-saving goody bag. Continue Reading →

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Walleye fishing opener and aquatic invasive species

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The Minnesota walleye fishing opener was this past Saturday, May 9 in waters across the state. While fishing is a great way to get outdoors and enjoy the best of the land of 10, 000 lakes, there are some precautions that need to be taken before and after fishing to prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species. Continue Reading →

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Spray foam insulation can pollute the indoor environment

Making your home more energy efficient is certainly good for the planet and will cut your heating/cooling bills, but there is also the possibility of chemical off-gassing, the release of chemicals into the homes atmosphere. According to the nonprofit Environmental Working Group (EWG), most common spray polyurethane foam insulation contains methylene diphenyl diisocyanate, or MDI, a synthetic chemical that has been linked to asthma, lung damage and even death. Continue Reading →

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