Green Ramsey Newsletter - January 2017 Issue

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Green Ramsey 

An Environmental Health Newsletter from Ramsey County - January 2017




Public Hearing
The Ramsey County Board will hold a public hearing on the implementation of waste designation during its meeting on January 24, 2017, which begins at 9:00 a.m. at the Ramsey County Courthouse.

Fix-It Clinic
Saturday, January 28
10:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
White Bear Lake Library
2150 2nd St., White Bear Lake, MN 55110

Fix-It Clinic
Saturday, February 25
10:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Shoreview Library
4570 North Victoria St., Shoreview, MN 55126

Find more Fix-It Clinic information online.



Be Active! Be Green! Recycling Container Grants
Need a recycling container in a park or public building? Our Be Active! Be Green! grant program is available for public entities to purchase recycling containers. Help make recycling easier when on-the-go. Call 651-266-1179.

Recycling Bins for Events
Hosting an event? Call 651-266-1199 for temporary bottles and cans recycling bins and organics recycling bins, or reserve them online.

Partners’ Grants
Calling all business organizations in the East Metro! Got a great idea to get other businesses to go green? Use our green to
 get going.

Public Entity Innovation Grants
Do you have an innovative idea to increase recycling through your city, school, park board, library or watershed district? Grants are available to help kick-start your idea! Call 651-266-1199 or email .

Waste collected in Ramsey and Washington Counties and beyond is hauled to the Recycling & Energy (R&E) Center to be turned into fuel for energy. The R&E Center is owned by the Ramsey/Washington Recycling & Energy Board.



Green Ramsey is published by the Environmental Health Division of Saint Paul - Ramsey County Public Health.

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Success Stories:

Saint Paul Residents Get Recycling Carts

New single-sort recycling carts have been purchased by the City of Saint Paul and have begun to be delivered to all households in Saint Paul. The blue carts have wheels and a lid to make it even easier to collect recyclables. Residents can begin using their cart on January 16th. Ramsey County paid half the cost of the carts through a grant to Saint Paul, and the Recycling Partnership provided additional support to the City. The new carts will provide a more convenient option to collect recyclables. For more information, visit


News You Can Use:

Updated Business Website

BizRecycling is excited to announce the launch of its updated website. Check it out at The new site makes it easier to find what your business needs to enhance your recycling program. On this site, you can hear from other East Metro business leaders who have worked with us and how their programs are saving them money, find grant application forms, read a weekly blog with tips and highlights from East Metro business successes, and learn what it means to work with BizRecycling. 


Recycling Live Christmas Trees and Greenery

Now that the holidays are over, it's time to take down the decor.  If you have a live Christmas tree and greenery, you have a few options for recycling it:

  • Bring it to a Ramsey County yard waste site for free. Find locations and hours at or call 651-633 EASY (3279). Remove all decorations, lights, tinsel and tree bags.  Flocked trees and wire wreaths are not accepted and may be placed in the trash.
  • Contact your trash hauler to see if they will take your tree to a compost site for you (fee charged).
  • Leave your natural tree outside, so it can be used as shelter for birds during the winter.

While a Christmas tree can legally be placed in the trash, we encourage you to recycle it. For recycling and disposal information on other items, visit or call 651-633 EASY (3279), answered 24/7.


Public Hearing on Waste Designation

The Ramsey County Board of Commissioners will hold a public hearing to hear testimony with regard to designation of acceptable mixed municipal solid waste generated in Ramsey County for delivery, beginning January 1, 2018, to the Ramsey/ Washington Recycling & Energy Center (“R&E Center”) in Newport, MN for processing, recycling, energy recovery and other proper management. The hearing is scheduled for January 24, 2017, at 9:00 a.m., or as soon thereafter as possible, in the Council Chambers of the Ramsey County Court House (located at 15 W Kellogg Blvd, St Paul, MN 55102). Comments received by Ramsey County at the hearing and in writing will be compiled and used by the County as it makes decisions with regard to designation.

Ramsey County works with Washington County on certain waste management programs as part of the Ramsey/Washington Recycling & Energy Board (“R&E Board”), which owns and operates the R&E Center. On November 28, 2016, the Commissioner of the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency approved the Ramsey and Washington Counties Joint Waste Designation Plan prepared by the R&E Board as being consistent with state statutes and state goals for waste management. Both Washington County and Ramsey County will now begin the process of implementing waste designation, through the adoption of a waste designation ordinance amendment later in 2017 by each County. A separate public hearing will be held on the ordinance amendment.

For more information, visit

Did you know?

Keeping Homes Healthier

Did you know staff from Ramsey County’s healthy homes program inspect on average 50 homes a year where children with asthma reside? They identify environmental asthma triggers and provide intervention products to better manage the child’s symptoms. These home visits have greatly reduced these children’s emergency room visits along with improving their overall quality of life. 

In addition, program staff identify and test over 20 homes each year for radon gas. Radon is a naturally-occurring, radioactive gas that is odorless, tasteless and invisible. It may enter a home anywhere there is an opening between the home and the soil and build up to unsafe levels. Radon is the nation’s second leading cause of lung cancer.

Healthy homes staff have also taken the lead on several unique environmental investigations. One case involved assessing properties where an outdoor pesticide was being used indoors for bedbug management; and in another case, they searched for the source of mercury poisoning in several pregnant women.

Learn more about the healthy homes program at (search “healthy homes”).


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