Posted on July 29, 2020 at 10:21 AM by Karola Dalen
It’s Earth Week 2020, and many of us are spending more time in our homes than ever before.
If the kids are home too, then more garbage and more recycling is being generated every week. Is your home recycling system working as efficiently as it could be? Here are some tips to help your entire family recycle well at home.
1. Keep it simple and convenient.
If you want your family and especially your children to start recycling or recycle better, you'll have more success if it’s easy for them. Set your family recycling cans in a high-traffic area, preferably near the garbage can. If it cannot go next to the garbage, consider placing it where the least amount of steps are required. If you need to separate your recyclables, make sure each container is clearly marked. Or collect them mixed then distribute into larger containers in the porch or garage during chore time.
2. Does everyone know the rules?
Communication is important to make sure everybody is on the same page. Consider a family meeting to go over the rules of recycling in your house. A list of what can and cannot be recycled should be provided by your curbside collection company. If using a recycling center in Carlton County visit http://www.co.carlton.mn.us/254/Recycling-in-Carlton-County
3. A Recycling Guide
Consider making a “Recycling Guide” poster for your home or have the kids create one. You can also email email@example.com and we can help you out with an example. Post it on or near the recycling area or other common place in the house where it can be referenced with ease.
Here are some common tips to recycling well:
4. Talk about conserving and preventing waste.
In the three R’s, Reduce and Reuse come before Recycling. Preventing trash by making intentional choices not to create it has a tremendous environmental benefit. So it’s worth the conversation. How can your family prevent items from going into the recycling bin or the trash bin in the first place? You might be surprised on what ideas your family members come up with!
Here is a list of recycling facts to help motivate recycling well at home.
Posted on July 24, 2020 at 11:21 AM by Karola Dalen
Most septic system owners are aware of the basic maintenance required to keep your septic system operating smoothly: have your tank(s) pumped at least every 3 years. However, there are a few other easy things you can do to help extend the life of your system.
If you have an effluent filter at the outlet of your septic tank, or between your septic tank and pump tank, be sure to clean in regularly. Remove the maintenance hole cover, pull the filter out, and spray the filter clean with a garden hose, ensuring that the spray is directed back into the tank through the maintenance hole. Do this at least every spring and fall when you take your garden hose out of storage and again before you put it away for the winter. This will prevent unwanted sewage backup. If you’re not sure if you have a filter, ask your maintainer the next time you have your tank pumped.
Second, there is no need to add additives. These products, designed to aid in the breakdown of solids in the septic tank, do more harm than good. These additives can liquefy solids allowing them to flow into and plug your drainfield.
Next, maintain a mowed lawn over your drainfield or mound. Woody plants have root systems that can damage the soil treatment system - this applies to the septic tank area too. Short grass helps with rainwater runoff and evaporation of any excess water. It is ok to let the grass grow longer in the fall to provide some extra insulation for under the snow. Speaking of snow, avoid compacting snow over the soil treatment system from snowmobiles or other means.
Finally, a reminder to secure your maintenance hole covers. If you have newer plastic lids, make sure they are securely screwed down with stainless steel screws. One or two screws are not enough - please use all available screw holes to provide the maximum safety benefit. Heavy concrete lids work well too.
If you ever have questions about your septic system, feel free to contact us at the Carlton County Zoning & Environmental Services Office.
Posted on March 4, 2020 at 10:29 AM by Karola Dalen