Green Ramsey Newsletter - October 2016 Issue

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Green Ramsey 

An Environmental Health Newsletter from Ramsey County - October 2016




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

Saturday, November 19, 2016
Fix-It Clinic, 12 p.m. - 3 p.m.
Wentworth Library, 199 Wentworth Ave. E., 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 bins 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 Stories:

Cretin Derham Hall—A Recycling A-Plus School!

During the spring of 2016, Cretin Derham Hall began a plan for capturing as much recyclable material and food waste as possible. With a grant from the Ramsey/Washington Recycling & Energy Board, the school outfitted each classroom and all public spaces with clearly marked recycling containers. In addition to these receptacles, recycling tables were placed in the cafeteria to collect bottles, cans, milk cartons, and plastic containers, as well as leftover food for animals.

By implementing this program, Cretin Derham Hall students benefit from learning the importance of recycling, and the school benefits from a reduced trash bill with less waste. To learn more, visit

sort table

City of Maplewood Tackles Organic Waste
In 2014, Ramsey County awarded the City of Maplewood a Public Education Innovation Grant for $11,762 to implement an organics collection program at their City Hall campus. A waste sort found that organic waste was the biggest source of waste produced (52%) by City staff and visitors. To address this waste, the City rolled out an organics collection program to all city buildings. Over 25,000 pounds of material have been collected in their first year of the program! Staff will continue to monitor and improve the organics and waste collection programs, and they will continue to educate staff and visitors on items collected.

Maplewood collection

News You Can Use:

What to Do with Your Fall Leaves

Now that October is here, leaves will soon be falling in your yard. What will you do with them?

Ramsey County residents have three options:

  1. Contact your trash hauler for yard waste pick-up (fee charged),
  2. Put them in a backyard compost bin if you have a small quantity, or
  3. Bring them to a Ramsey County yard waste site for free.

Remember that yard waste like leaves, grass clippings and tree branches are banned from the trash. For locations, hours and materials accepted at Ramsey County yard waste sites, visit or call 651-633-EASY (3279), answered 24/7.


What to Do with Chemicals in Your Garage

Cleaning out your garage this fall? Remember that some items don't belong in the trash. If the label says CAUTION, WARNING, DANGER or POISON, you should bring it to a Ramsey County household hazardous waste collection site for safe disposal.

Items accepted include: antifreeze, batteries (vehicle/rechargeable/button), bug killers/repellents, cell phones, cleaners, fluorescent lights, gasoline, mercury thermometers, paint, propane tanks, used oil & filters, weed killer and more. And it's all free!

For locations and hours, visit, or call 651-633-EASY (3279), answered 24/7.


Did you know?

All Ramsey County businesses that generate hazardous waste are inspected by our staff unannounced. A typical inspection involves a walk-through of the business to look at areas where waste is generated and stored, a review of the required records, such as waste disposal receipts or container inspection logs, and a discussion of the findings and review of the inspection report form.

In 2015, our inspection staff conducted 1,345 hazardous waste inspections; the majority of these were routine inspections to measure a company’s compliance. While inspections are regulatory in nature, the inspector’s goal is to work with the business to provide the education and technical assistance they need to better understand the hazardous waste rules.


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