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Lead paint from homes should be brought to either the Steele or Rice County Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) facilities for free, proper disposal. Click here for more information about these HHW facilities.
Bags of leaves are prohibited by state law from being buried in a landfill, so large amounts of leaves and other yard waste cannot be placed in household garbage.
The Owatonna Yard Waste Compost Site accepts grass and other yard waste for a fee. Click here for more information on Owatonna’s Compost Site. Contact your city office for information on other community compost sites in Steele County.
Leaves may also be composted at home. Leaves, grass clippings, vines, garden wastes, sticks, fruit and vegetable scraps and other organic materials turn into a beneficial natural soil amendment over time when placed in a pile, exposed to moisture and turned periodically. Compost improves drainage and soil texture in clay soils, improves moisture holding capacity and soil texture in sandy soils and increases utilization of plant nutrients in soils with poor organic content. For information on building and maintaining a home compost pile, call the Steele County Recycling Hotline at 507-451-5443
Light Bulbs: Fluorescent
Fluorescent bulbs, compact fluorescent lamps and HID lamps contain small amounts of mercury. State law prohibits placing these in household trash for landfill burial by either business or household generators. All hardware stores in Steele County accept these for recycling for a small fee, which varies by store and bulb shape and size. Call a hardware store to find out their fees. These types of bulbs can also be recycled at The Retrofit Companies (TRC) in Owatonna. Call TRC for more information (ph. 507-455-1851). Owatonna Public Utilities accepts compact fluorescent lamps from customers for recycling at no charge.
While fluorescent lamps can cost more than incandescent bulbs and must be disposed properly, they typically last much longer and use much less electricity over the life of the bulb and therefore are a better and more environmentally sound purchase. Fluorescent lamps are now available in several styles, such as three-way, globe shape and heavy duty exterior lamps and therefore can be used in almost all regular light sockets.
Light Bulbs: Incandescent
Incandescent light bulbs (“regular” light bulbs) cannot be recycled. Throw these in the trash.
Incandescent light bulbs do not last as long as fluorescent lamps and use much more electricity to give the same illumination, so consider purchasing fluorescent lamps instead of incandescent to save money over time and conserve energy.