Green Ramsey Newsletter - April 2017 Issue

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Green Ramsey 

An Environmental Health Newsletter from Ramsey County - April 2017




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

Fix-It Clinic
Saturday, May 20
10:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Rondo Community Outreach Library
461 North Dale St., Saint Paul, MN 55103

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 Stories:

White Bear Lake Schools Recycle and Reuse Supplies

At the end of the school year, there are often supplies left over that students can either recycle or reuse. A few White Bear Lake schools had great success in capturing those supplies in a locker cleanout. In 2015, Otter Lake Elementary had 290 students collect 1,700 pounds of recyclables and reusables over a six-day period at the end of the year. At Sunrise Park Middle School, 8th graders diverted 84% of unwanted supplies from the trash. Often little actions can make a big difference!

School Clean Out

HED Cycling Recycles Industry-Specific Waste

HED Cycling, a Roseville based manufacturer of bicycle wheels and components, creates a lot of industry-specific waste. They wanted a better solution to dispose of the scrap metal, plastic film, pallets and fluids. By working with Ramsey County and Minnesota Waste Wise, they found specific recyclers to take their waste. Additionally, Waste Wise led a staff training to educate employees on the importance of recycling and best practices.

HED Cycling now recycles about 420 pounds of plastic film and plastic banding annually. They also recycle at least 20 pounds of metal monthly, seeing an overall savings of about $3,600 annually. To learn more about recycling at work, visit

HED Plastic Wrap

News You Can Use:

Borrow Educational Kits and Games for Free

Planning an Earth Day activity for your class or community group? Check out a hands-on kit or game from Ramsey County! Materials are geared towards middle elementary students through adults. Appropriate handouts are available to accompany the materials.

Teach about backyard composting, household hazardous waste, organics recycling or recycled products. Conduct fun activities with the can cube guessing game, relay recycling game, trivia prize wheel or the recycle fishing game.

There is no charge to borrow the kits, and they are available for one week at a time. The kits and games must be reserved in advance using the website or by calling 651-266-1199.

Materials are picked up and returned to Environmental Health at 2785 White Bear Ave. N., Suite 350, Maplewood, MN 55109.


Recycle Plastic Bags at Drop-off Locations, Not in Your Cart

Many of us have lots of plastics bags at home and want to recycle them. But did you know they are not accepted with curbside recycling?  That's right. They can get caught in the sorting machines at recycling facilities. Bring them to a drop-off location instead. For locations, go to

Plastic Bags

Ramsey County Updates Solid Waste Master Plan

Ramsey County is currently working on its solid waste master plan update as required by state statute every six years. The plan is a useful tool for counties, cities and the waste industry to guide strategies for handling the garbage we generate in our communities. Rather than just “throw it away”, our approach involves utilizing advances in technology that allow waste to be used for energy and other resources. Look for updates and opportunities to provide comments to the plan on our master plan web page. 

Buy a Compost Bin at a Discount

Thinking about composting in your backyard? You can purchase a compost bin for $64, plus tax. And Ramsey County residents get $20 off! Go to and enter promo code “Ramsey” or call 651-641-4589. Then pick up your pre-ordered bin on April 29 in Maplewood, or find more dates and locations at

Compost Bin

Visit the Ramsey County Plant Sale, May 20

The 2017 Ramsey County Plant Sale, hosted by the county's Master Gardeners, will be held on Saturday, May 20 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at "The Barn," which is located at 2020 White Bear Avenue in Maplewood. The sale features hundreds of native plants, perennials for sun and shade, tomatoes, herbs, hostas and more – all grown by expert gardeners. You will also find winning plants from the Minnesota seed trials.

Plant Sale

Did you know?

Residential Organic Waste Collection is on the Rise in Ramsey County

Organic waste includes food waste and non-recyclable paper products, such as pizza boxes and napkins. Ramsey County began collecting organic waste from residents at six county yard waste sites in 2014. Since then, the yard waste sites have seen a 116 percent increase in participation and volume of organic waste collected.  

Over 1,259,000 pounds of organic waste has been collected since 2014, almost half of which was collected in 2016. An additional organic waste collection site was added mid-2016 in the Como Park/District 10 neighborhood in Saint Paul. This location is open 24/7 and currently receives approximately 6,000 pounds of organic waste per week.

Ramsey County plans to install more 24/7 organic waste drop-off locations, including one at the Maplewood Community Center parking lot scheduled to open in 2017. For more information on site locations and hours, please visit


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