Green Ramsey Newsletter - March 2017 Issue

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Green Ramsey 

An Environmental Health Newsletter from Ramsey County - March 2017




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

Fix-It Clinic
Saturday, April 29
10:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Roseville Library
2180 North Hamline Ave. Roseville, MN 55113

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 Story:

Café Latte Recycles Organics and Saves Money

It is no secret that local Saint Paul restaurant, Café Latte, is well known for its quality dining experience and even better desserts. It was also no surprise to Ramsey County when owners, Peter and Linda Quinn, reached out to implement a recycling program in their restaurant. Peter and Linda worked with Minnesota Waste Wise Foundation and Ramsey County to develop a program that fit their individual needs. The result: a new organics program diverting 200,000 pounds of waste from the trash and saving Café Latte nearly $1,200 a year. To learn more about recycling at work, visit

Cafe Latte

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Food Safety at Community Events

Do you prepare and serve food for your community at special events such as sports games, bake sales, church or religious functions, or other types of gatherings? What can you do to ensure food safety?

  1. Wash your hands. Use disposable gloves. Change them when you handle anything other than food, or when you switch from raw food to ready-to-eat food.
  2. Keep hot food hot (at least 140 degrees F) and keep cold food cold, (40 degrees F or lower).
  3. After cleaning surfaces, use a sanitizer. One tablespoon of bleach to one gallon of water is an inexpensive method to use for sanitizing. After sanitizing, let surfaces air dry.

For clarification on the above or to request a Food Safety presentation for your group, contact Lisa Marshall at

Save the Food

Did you know that 20% of the food we each buy never gets eaten? We can do something about this!  Ramsey County is teaming up with the Natural Resources Defense Council and the Ad Council to promote their Save the Food Campaign. Watch for advertisements in local papers and on billboards this spring. Learn more at

Managing Fluorescents Lights

Energy-saving fluorescent lights are good for the environment and your wallet, but when they burn out, don’t toss them in the trash. They contain a small amount of mercury. Instead, bring them to a Ramsey County household hazardous waste collection site for free. Some retailers also accept fluorescent lights for recycling. Learn more at

fluorescent lights

Did you know?

Working with Cities on SCORE Reporting

It’s reporting time once again! The SCORE report is an annual evaluation of Minnesota’s recycling, reduction and waste management programs. Each city is responsible for reporting to their county, and the counties are responsible for reporting to the State. We pull together data on what materials were collected for recycling, how many tons of each material was collected, and whether they were collected at residential properties, businesses or at clean-up events. We also report on source reduction efforts both in the community and within county operations. Information and copies of previous SCORE reports are available online.

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