Green Ramsey Newsletter - August 2016 Issue

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Green Ramsey 

An Environmental Health Newsletter from Ramsey County - August 2016




Saturday, August 27, 2016
Fix-It Clinic, 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Arc's Value Village Thrift Store, 1650 White Bear Ave. N., Saint Paul

Saturday, September 24, 2016
Fix-It Clinic, 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Hamline Midway Library, 1558 Minnehaha Ave., Saint Paul


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 and organics recycling bins, or reserve them online.

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:

Downtown White Bear Lake Shared Organics/Recycling/Trash Enclosure
The city of White Bear Lake was awarded a Public Entity Innovation Grant from Ramsey County to design and construct a shared recycling enclosure on city property that currently serves 10 businesses surrounding the Washington and 4th Street parking lot in the Downtown area. The enclosure accommodates recycling and trash collection and now allows all 10 businesses to begin food waste recycling programs. The total project cost was $99,034.68, which includes administrative staff time, design fees, and construction costs. The project has proven to be very successful. In the first six months, from December 2015 through May 2016, 29,640 pounds of food waste, 13,368 pounds of recyclables, and 19,870 pounds of trash were collected, with a total waste diversion (food waste plus recycling) of 68.4%.


Multi-Jurisdictional Recycling Support
The city of White Bear Lake has been awarded a Public Entity Innovation Grant from Ramsey County to provide multi-jurisdictional communication, outreach, and multi-unit housing recycling support for the cities of Little Canada, North Saint Paul, Vadnais Heights, White Bear Lake, and White Bear Township. Among other things, the grant was used to fund a joint recycling position. The primary focus of the grant is to work with the municipalities to update their websites and assist with general recycling communication efforts, and to provide education and outreach to all apartment buildings within each community. To date, the joint staff person has conducted 99 site visits, interviewed 51 apartment managers, and distributed approximately 110 posters, 770 door hangers, 1100 magnets, and 1700 reusable bags.

News You Can Use:

Disposing of Kitchen Chemicals Safely
Take a look in your kitchen cabinets.  Find any products you no longer use?  If they say CAUTION, WARNING, or DANGER on the label, they don’t belong in the trash. Bring them to a Ramsey County Household Hazardous Waste collection site. For locations and hours, go to and click on “Household Hazardous Waste” or call 651-633-EASY (3279), which is answered 24/7.


Environmental Protection – One Building at a Time
What does the demolition of the old Midway Stadium have in common with a house tear-down in Highland Park? Both require (among other things) a pre-demolition inspection by Ramsey County staff. Since 2008, county staff have inspected over 1,400 houses and buildings to be wrecked, ensuring asbestos is removed and properly disposed; that thousands of appliances, TVs and other electronics have been recycled; and that hazardous items such as mercury, used oil, aerosols, pesticides and others are removed and properly disposed. Since the program started, over 2.7 million pounds of hazardous waste and problem materials have been identified, removed from the structures and properly managed. This means that the demolition debris that is recycled or landfilled is much safer because of these inspections. Visit our website to read more about this one-of-a-kind program.

Check Out BizRecycling’s Blog
Did you know that BizRecycling has a weekly blog on East Metro recycling? Twice a month, East Metro businesses are promoted as a “Success of the Week” on their recycling efforts. The blog also offers insightful tips and facts on East Metro recycling. If keeping up with East Metro recycling is important to you, check out the blog here! BizRecycling is a program of the Ramsey/Washington Recycling and Energy Board.

recycling at work

Did You Know?

Keeping Fair Food Safe
It’s summer, which means it is time for outdoor fairs and festivals in suburban communities in the county, like Marketfest, Canadian Days, Taste of Rosefest and many others. Most fairs have food vendors who serve everything from French fries to kettle corn to pulled pork sandwiches. The County’s Public Health Department inspects food stands at these events to ensure the vendors have proper handwashing, adequate refrigeration and are thoroughly cooking the foods they serve. We conduct 100-150 of these inspections each summer, helping to keep your fair food safe!

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