Green Ramsey Newsletter - September 2016

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Green Ramsey 

An Environmental Health Newsletter from Ramsey County - September 2016




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

Saturday, October 22, 2016
Fix-It Clinic, 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Ramsey County Care Center, 2000 White Bear Ave. N., Saint Paul

More 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 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.

2785 White Bear Ave. N.
Suite 350
Maplewood, MN, 55109




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Success Story:

Hidden Harbor Marina Finds an Easier Way to Recycle
Before receiving a BizRecycling Grant, the Hidden Harbor Marina’s boaters were hauling their trash and recycling from their boats to plastic, 55-gallon barrels located at dock entrances. Marina owner, Tim Kennedy, knew this could be improved. He contacted BizRecycling and signed up for free on-site assessment.

With the grant money, all of the marina’s boaters received small recycling bins that could easily be stored on boats. The harbor also received new carts and labels, making it easier for staff to recycle. With the new programs in place, the harbor now diverts an additional 11,000 pounds of recycling every year! BizRecycling is a program of the Recycling & Energy Board.

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News You Can Use:

Disposing of Electronics Safely
Have a broken TV tucked away in the basement closet? Or an aging laptop that doesn’t start up?  Don’t put them in the trash. There are several local recycling options for these electronic items and more. In most cases, you will have to pay a fee. TVs and computer monitors with a cathode ray tube contain toxic substances like lead. It is illegal to throw them in the trash. For a list of recycling options, go to You can also call 651-633-EASY (3279), which is answered 24/7.


A Free Program for Reusing Household Products
Why check out Ramsey County’s Product Reuse Center? It’s an incredible resource for free products! Common free products include interior and exterior house paint, spray paint, stains, household cleaners, motor oil, antifreeze, fuel conditioners, pool chemicals and the list goes on. Whether you are painting your bedroom, refinishing old furniture, washing windows, or changing the oil in your lawnmower, Ramsey County’s Product Reuse Center has free products suited to the task. Stop in and find out why over 6,000 of your neighbors took home nearly 100 tons of free products in 2015! Visit our for location and hours.

Five Items You can Bring to Ramsey County’s Fix-It Clinics
Ramsey County is hosting its next FREE Fix-It Clinic at Hamline Midway Library on September 24, 2016 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Volunteer Fixers will work with individuals to fix up to three broken items and teach valuable repair skills free of charge. What can you bring to the Fix-It Clinics?

Here are 5 ideas to get the juices flowing:


  1. The vintage fan on your dresser that makes your room look like an ad for Pottery Barn but does nothing during a Minnesota summer.
  2. That bright green, leopard print lamp currently serving as an eclectic paper weight in your office.
  3. The broken sewing machine you once used to turn your graduation gown into a ninja costume.
  4. Those awesome windbreaker pants you ripped down the middle during a particularly intense aerobics class.
  5. The busted karaoke machine that made you the life of last year’s holiday office party.

Remember: items must be carry-in – no oversized items. For more information about Fix-It Clinics, visit

In the meantime, Ramsey County will see you…and your windbreaker pants…at the next Fix-It Clinic!

Fix it

Resident Survey Shows Greater Support and Awareness for Recycling
Since 1989, Saint Paul – Ramsey County Public Health’s Environmental Health Division, has surveyed our residents and businesses to guide decision-making about where to invest our resources and efforts most effectively. In April, 700 phone surveys of a representative sample of our residents were conducted. In general, the results showed support for waste reduction initiatives and awareness and use of recycling resources has increased in the past two years.

  • Nine-in-ten residents are now willing to help achieve our 2030 recycling goal of 75 percent.
  • Nine-in-ten also support waste-to-energy programs (up from 75 percent in 2014).
  • Awareness of how to best dispose of items has grown in nearly all categories since 2014, especially regarding electronics, paint, branches and brush, and medications.

Interestingly, while those age 18-34 are more willing to separate organics from trash and travel further to drop them off, that same age group is less likely to be aware of yard waste and household hazardous waste drop-off sites. Data like this provides us with guidance to help us fine-tune our outreach approach, such as providing more targeted social media to younger people.

However, attitudes are no substitute for action. At the end of the day, we need to judge our education efforts on how much our programs and facilities are being used. And they’re being used a lot!

Did You Know?

Medicine Collection Program Approaching 5-Year Anniversary
Ramsey County began operating the first year-round medicine collection program in the Twin Cities metro area in September of 2011. The program is a collaborative effort between Saint Paul - Ramsey County Public Health and the Ramsey County Sheriff’s office to prevent crime and protect the environment. During the past five years, the program has received over 15,000 visits from residents dropping off over 28,000 pounds of waste medicines. The program is free-of-charge for residents. For more information including drop-off locations, hours and items accepted, go to

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