Green Ramsey Newsletter - September 2017

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Green Ramsey 

An Environmental Health Newsletter from Ramsey County - September 2017




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

Fix-It Clinic
Ramsey County Library - Maplewood
Saturday, October 28
10:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
3025 Southlawn Dr., Maplewood, MN 55109

Find more Fix-It Clinic information online.

Household Hazardous Waste Collection
Mobile Site - September
State Fairgrounds
Fridays: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Saturdays: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
1660 Como Ave., Falcon Heights



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:

St. Paul Meat Shop Gets Lean by Recycling More

When the St. Paul Meat Shop was preparing to open in 2015, they wanted to find ways to reduce waste and maximize their recycling. In addition to recycling cans, glass, and plastic, they also wanted to collect food scraps, butcher paper and other organics.

The St. Paul Meat Shop worked with the Minnesota Waste Wise Foundation to apply for a BizRecycling grant. The grant money they received was used to buy color-coded bins and a supply of compostable bags for collecting organic materials.

BizRecycling works with interested businesses of all sizes in Ramsey and Washington counties to start or improve their recycling or organics programs.

The results of the St. Paul Meat Shops recycling efforts were a huge success. They are collecting more than 18,000 pounds of organics a year, and recycling over 10,000 pounds of materials. Their single 96-gallon trash cart sits next to two large 2-yard containers, one for organics and one for recycling. Its truly surprising how little trash you generate when youre diligent about sorting out organics and recyclable items,shared St. Paul Meat Shop manager Nick Mangigian.

St. Paul Meat Shop

News You Can Use:

Yard Waste Collection Site Signage Gets a Face Lift

If you’ve been to a Ramsey County yard waste site recently, you may have noticed that the entrance signs were replaced. The signs were redesigned to make them easy to read and more eye-catching. If you haven’t seen them yet, check them out this fall!

Yard Waste Sign

The ABCs of Batteries

There is often confusion about what to do with unwanted, spent batteries. Not all batteries have the same disposal requirements. Alkaline batteries (AA, AAA, C, and D) no longer contain mercury and are safe to dispose of in the trash. Other batteries like vehicle, rechargeable and button batteries are hazardous and must be taken to a household hazardous waste site for safe disposal. If you have questions, visit or call 651-633-EASY (3279).


Update on the Solid Waste Management Master Plan

The Ramsey County Solid Waste Management Master Plan (master plan) public input period has closed and will go before the County Board on October 3 for a policy discussion. The master plan is a strategy-based community “blueprint” for guiding recycling, reuse and garbage policy that supports healthy people, a healthy economy and a healthy environment. Several key themes in the 2016-2036 master plan include:

  • Environmental justice.
  • Resource, not waste.
  • Product stewardship.
  • Community engagement.
  • Partnership with Washington County.
  • Risk reduction.
  • Alignment with Ramsey County’s vision and goals. 

A draft of the 2016-2036 master plan was open for public input August 9 - September 1. Staff are now reviewing the input and the final plan is expected to be released in October. Visit for more details. 

Cardboard Cans Now Recyclable

Did you know? Those chip canisters and nut cans are now recyclable. That’s right! You can put cardboard cans of any brand in your household recycling! If you have questions, call your recycling service provider or your city. You can also call Ramsey County’s hotline at 651-633-EASY (3279), answered 24/7.

Cardboard Cans

Quick and Convenient Resource for Getting Rid of over 400 Items

Ever wonder what to do with old lava lamps, egg cartons, arcade games, ear buds or hard drives? Ramsey County’s easy and convenient A to Z Recycling and Disposal Guide has disposal information for over 400 items. This online database features everyday items, such as pizza boxes and toilet paper tubes as well as provides direction on how to dispose of bulky items, like couches, mattresses and other large furniture. It also has information on how to safely dispose of appliances, such as refrigerators and microwaves, as well as electronics.

Next time you’re unsure how to dispose of an old or broken item, be sure to check out the A to Z Recycling and Disposal Guide.

Questions or comments about the guide? Email or call 651-266-1199.

A to Z

Did you know?

The Recycling & Energy Center, which is a trash processing facility owned by Ramsey and Washington Counties, revamped its tour program this year. Tour participants can now view real-time video feeds of trash being tipped, conveyed and shredded into a fuel used to produce electricity. In addition, school-aged participants can now play a hands-on game to learn about recycling. Find out more at

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