Green Ramsey Newsletter - July 2017

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Green Ramsey 

An Environmental Health Newsletter from Ramsey County - July 2017




Fix-It Clinic
Arc's Value Village Thrift Store
Saturday, July 22
10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
1650 North White Bear Ave., Saint Paul, MN 55106

Fix-It Clinic
St. Anthony Community Center (Co-hosted with Hennepin County)
Saturday, August 12
12 p.m. - 4 p.m.
3301 Silver Lake Rd. NE, St. Anthony, MN 55418

Find more Fix-It Clinic information online.

Household Hazardous Waste Collection
Mobile Site - July
Arden Hills
Fridays: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Saturdays: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
1352 Ben Franklin Rd., 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.
Suite 350
Maplewood, MN, 55109











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Success Stories:

Household Hazardous Waste Collection on the West Side

With nearly 400 participants (up nearly 50 percent from last fall), the household hazardous waste collection on May 13 was a great success. Ramsey County brought its mobile household hazardous waste collection truck to Our Lady of Guadalupe Church and provided a free drop-off site for residents living on the West Side of Saint Paul. The one-day collection event has become an annual tradition for residents to clean out harmful chemicals from their home and then safely dispose of them at the free collection site.


Recycling Guide Receives Communications Award

The 2016 Ramsey County Recycling Guide was recognized in May with the Bronze Award at the Minnesota Association of Government Communicators’ 35th Annual Northern Lights Awards. This is the second Northern Lights award for the Environmental Health Division. Last year, we received the top award for our Ramsey Recycles campaign.


Connecting Value to Waste for 30 years

The Recycling & Energy Center celebrated its 30-year anniversary on June 22. Waste from homes and businesses in Ramsey and Washington counties is shredded at the center and then transported to power plants in Red Wing and Mankato, where the shredded waste produces electricity to power approximately 20,000 homes a year. Since it opened in 1987, the center has processed an amount of waste that would have otherwise consumed landfill space equivalent to 75 four-story deep football fields.


News You Can Use:


Borrow Our Recycling Containers

Have you been to an event and felt disappointed that you couldn’t recycle your empty cans and bottles? If you’re hosting a gathering this summer, set out your recycling cart for guests to use, or borrow a temporary recycling container from Ramsey County by visiting  Interested in trying organics collection? We have organics recycling containers available to borrow, too!


Recycle at the Ramsey County Fair

Visit the free Ramsey County Fair July 12-16, a family tradition since 1913! While you enjoy the sights and sounds, check out the recycling and organics containers. Many food vendors are now using compostable containers! You’ll find green bins in the picnic area to place compostable paper boats, napkins, forks and any leftover food. Remember to place plastic cups, bottles and cans in the blue recycling bins.

Fair Recycling

Give Us Your Input On Waste and Recycling

This spring, Environmental Health assembled the Solid Waste Advisory Committee (SWAC), which included 25 individuals representing residents, cities, waste industry firms and other businesses in Ramsey County. The SWAC met to discuss policy direction and strategy development for three topic areas for the upcoming Solid Waste Management Master Plan:

  1. Source reduction and reuse.
  2. Reduction of food waste and management of organic waste.
  3. Management of construction and demolition waste.

In early August, a draft copy of the Solid Waste Management Master Plan will be available for additional resident feedback. Read it at or at a Ramsey County library, then send us your feedback.

Did you know?

Ramsey County began its pre-demolition inspection program in 2008. Before a building is demolished, staff work with demolition contractors to properly identify hazardous materials and items, and ensure that these contractors get the right waste to the right place for recycling or disposal. The pre-demolition inspection focuses on major appliances, asbestos, demolition waste, electronics and hazardous waste. There is also a reuse component. Materials, such as trim, wood flooring, cabinets, plumbing and electrical fixtures, and structural lumber, that are in good condition are used again. Since 2008, staff have inspected over 1,200 residential, commercial and industrial buildings, with over 80 percent of those structures containing asbestos.


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