Green Ramsey Newsletter - May 2017 Issue

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Green Ramsey 

An Environmental Health Newsletter from Ramsey County - May 2017




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

Fix-It Clinic
Saturday, June 24
10:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Ramsey County Library - Maplewood
3025 Southlawn Dr., Maplewood, MN 55109

Find more Fix-It Clinic information online.

Household Hazardous Waste Collection
the Month of May in Arden Hills
Fridays 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Saturdays 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
1352 Ben Franklin Dr., Arden Hills, MN 55112



Educational Kits and Games
Teaching about recycling? Borrow an educational kit or game for your class or community group. Reserve online or call 651-266-1199.

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.
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Maplewood, MN, 55109











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Success Stories:

Highland Catholic School Reduces Lunchroom Waste

Highland Catholic School serves between 75 and 250 meals a day. Without plumbing to support a commercial grade dishwasher, the school used Styrofoam™ plates and bowls. Working with EcoConsilium to create a better waste disposal plan and a BizRecycling grant to get needed collection bins, Highland Catholic School went all in to make a positive environmental impact.

By involving parent volunteers, they implemented single sort recycling collection, compost and milk carton collection, and switched to compostable plates and bowls.

The program has been a success. Before, Highland Catholic School’s cafeteria produced 12 large plastic bags of trash daily. Now the cafeteria generates only two large plastic bags of trash daily – an 83% reduction in volume!


News You Can Use:

Help Prevent the Spread of Emerald Ash Borer

Early May is the start of the flight season for Emerald Ash Borer (EAB), an invasive insect that kills ash trees. This means that EAB adult beetles are emerging from infested trees and flying in search of new ash tree hosts. The Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) advises against pruning ash branches or removing ash stumps or trees from May through September. These activities create tree wounds that can attract adult beetles and further the spread of EAB.

EAB has spread to 15 Minnesota counties since its discovery in St. Paul in 2009.  The best prevention method against the spread of EAB is not to move firewood.  For more information, visit


Waste Less Food

Did you know that 40% of all food in the U.S. is never consumed? There are easy steps you can take to reduce food waste. Do you have picky eaters at home? Get them involved in cooking meals because people, including kids, tend to like what they make. Find more tips at including how to plan meals, shop smarter, and store foods for maximum life. When foods do go bad or uneaten, bring them to an organics recycling drop-off. To learn how to participate, visit


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 June 10 in Saint Paul.

Compost Bin

Plant Sales in May

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.

The Volunteers in Corrections flower sale will be Fridays through Sundays from May 5 until May 21. This sale is located at the Ramsey County Correctional Facility at 297 South Century Avenue in Saint Paul (enter off Lower Afton Road). It features a variety of hanging baskets, deck pots, vegetables and herbs. See website for hours.

Plant Sale

Did you know?

Since 1991, residents have delivered over 15 million pounds of paint at Ramsey County household hazardous waste sites! What does Ramsey County do with all that paint? First, any paint can that is mostly full and contains good, usable paint is added to the Product Reuse Center for residents to take for free.

Second, the latex paint cans that are less than half full or chunky are sent to a paint recycler in Fridley. This paint is reformulated and sold in stores. Any paint that is not recyclable is either used as a latex additive in cement or as a landfill cover material.

Oil-based paints that are not reusable are sent to cement kilns where they are blended with other flammable waste and used as a secondary fuel for cement production.

To find out where to recycle your paint, go to


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