Green Ramsey Newsletter - February 2017 Issue

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Green Ramsey 

An Environmental Health Newsletter from Ramsey County - February 2017




Fix-It Clinic
Saturday, February 25
10:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Shoreview Library
4560 North Victoria St., Shoreview, MN 55126

Fix-It Clinic
Saturday, March 25
11 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Macalester College - Kagin Commons
21 South Snelling Ave., Saint Paul, MN 55105

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.

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









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Success Story:

Visiting Ramsey County?  You can recycle here!

Each year, thousands of visitors walk through Ramsey County’s doors to conduct official business, participate in an arena event, work on their golf game, take in the history of Landmark Center, catch a bus or train at Union Depot or check out library books. While visiting a Ramsey County facility, you will find recycling bins in lobbies, concessions areas, libraries, meeting rooms and other public spaces. We are proud to offer convenient opportunities for the public to recycle bottles, cans and paper when they visit our facilities.

1st floor lobby bin

News You Can Use:

What to Do with Needles and Syringes

Do you have needles or empty syringes? Don’t put them in the trash or recycling; they can harm sanitary workers. Bring them to Ramsey County’s year-round and mobile household hazardous waste collection sites for free. Transport your empty needles and syringes in an empty laundry detergent bottle or similar container with a screw-on lid.

If you have syringes or epinephrine pens with medicine, bring them to a medicine drop-off site. For locations and preparation instructions, go to  If you have questions, please call 651-633-EASY (3279), which is answered 24/7.

Did you know?

Giving Old Mattresses a Second Chance

Most unwanted mattresses in Minnesota end up in the landfill. Did you know they can be recycled? Some mattress stores will take your old mattress when they deliver your new one. If not, bring your old mattress to Second Chance Recycling. Employees at this Minneapolis-based social enterprise will break down the layers of your old mattress for a fee. The foam is made into carpet pads and the cotton is used to soak up small oil spills in North Dakota. 

Last year, Second Chance Recycling recycled over 55,000 mattresses while also providing green jobs that help people build skills. They are located at 1179 15th Ave. S.E. in Minneapolis. For hours and fees, visit or call 612-332-0664.


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