Green Ramsey Newsletter - August 2017

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Green Ramsey 

An Environmental Health Newsletter from Ramsey County - August 2017




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

Fix-It Clinic
Casey Lake Park Shelter
Saturday, September 23
10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
2101 17th Ave. East, North St. Paul, MN 55109

Find more Fix-It Clinic information online.

Household Hazardous Waste Collection
Mobile Site - August
Saint Paul
Fridays: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Saturdays: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
848 Pleasant Ave, Saint Paul, MN 55101



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.

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Success Stories:

Going Green at CHS Field

When the St. Paul Saints started planning their new ballpark, CHS Field, in 2014, they decided that it was going to be the “greenest ballpark in America,” with a major focus on recycling and organics recycling. How are they achieving their goal? By using BizRecycling grants, the Saints have created a robust recycling and organics diversion program. BizRecycling works with interested businesses of all sizes, in Ramsey and Washington counties, to start or improve their recycling or organics programs.

Recently, the Saints welcomed BizRecycling to do a comprehensive audit of the recycling, organics and trash collected during a typical game day. This “waste sort” allows them to see how the recycling and organics diversion program is working, and find areas for improvement. By simplifying their waste into three streams (organics, recycling, trash) CHS Field is already recycling 64% of their waste. BizRecycling found ways to improve those numbers, including more staff training and increased use of compostable service ware. The Saints’ dedication to reaching their goal of a 90% recycling rate at CHS Field is inspiring!


News You Can Use:


Organics Collection Now at Arden Hills

Ramsey County residents can now recycle organic waste at the Arden Hills yard waste collection site! Examples of organic waste include food scraps and non-recyclable paper like paper towels and napkins. Pick up a free organics starter kit and compostable bags at any of our yard waste sites and get started today. For hours and accepted materials, visit or call 651-633-EASY (3279), which is answered 24/7.

Arden Hills

Update on the Solid Waste Management Master Plan
The Ramsey County Solid Waste Management Master planning process is well underway. This 20-year written plan will guide how we reduce waste, increase recycling and divert waste from landfills. While emphasizing the robust system that is already available, the county is focusing on three new areas:

  1. Preventing wasted food.
  2. Recycling and properly managing construction and demolition waste.
  3. Reducing and reusing waste. 

The county is also investigating emerging technologies that will increase recycling and produce biofuels.

In early August, you can find a draft copy of the Master Plan online and get a print copy at a Ramsey County library

Recycle Your Aerosol Cans
Did you know you can recycle aerosol cans? It’s true! Empty aerosol cans that once contained non-hazardous product like whipping cream, shaving cream and sunscreen, can go in your recycling cart. To find out what other items are recyclable at home, contact your recycling service provider, your city or visit You can also call 651-633-EASY (3279), which is answered 24/7.

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What is a Ramsey County yard waste site and how do I use it?
Ramsey County operates seven FREE yard waste collection sites throughout the county. Year-round drop-off is available for residents and some sites even offer free compost, wood mulch and fill dirt. (check website for availability!)

To use a yard waste site, follow these three simple steps:

  1. As you enter the site show the attendant your photo ID, this is required since yard waste collection sites are only open to Ramsey County residents.
  2. Dump your yard waste into the appropriate piles and take your empty bags with you. Even biodegradable bags should be taken with you.
  3. Exit the site and return the next time you have yard waste to dispose of!

Remember, you can always ask a site attendant for help. For hours, locations and a list of accepted materials, visit or call 651-633-EASY (3279), which is answered 24/7.

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Did you know?

Ramsey County continues to make progress on reducing energy use as part of its daily operations of both buildings and fleet. Recently, the Fleet division of Public Works ordered two all-electric vehicles (EVs), bringing the county’s total number of EVs to three.

“We are learning about electric vehicles and exposing both drivers and mechanics to this new energy efficient technology,” said Pat McCoy, Fleet Manager for Ramsey County. During the past five years the fleet team has eliminated a number of older, inefficient vehicles and pieces of equipment and right-sized 50 vehicles to better match the work being performed by those vehicles. “The hybrids, EVs and vehicle right-sizing program are helping the county reduce its carbon emissions and save money,” McCoy continued.


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