Green Ramsey Newsletter - December 2017

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Green Ramsey 

An Environmental Health Newsletter from Ramsey County - December 2017




Fix-it Clinic
Our Lady of Guadalupe Church (Co-hosted with Dakota County)
Saturday, December 16
10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
401 Concord St., Saint Paul, MN 55107

Fix-it Clinic
Ramsey County Library - Roseville
Saturday, January 27
10:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
2180 North Hamline Ave., Roseville, MN 55113

Find more Fix-It Clinic information online.

Household Hazardous Waste Collection
Saint Paul (Bay West)
Fri. & Sat.: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
5 Empire Dr., Saint Paul, MN 55103



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:

White Bear Lake Businesses Consolidate Waste

When ten small businesses in downtown White Bear Lake wanted to share trash service and improve their recycling and organic waste collection, they contacted BizRecycling for help. BizRecycling works with interested businesses of all sizes in Ramsey and Washington counties to start or improve their recycling or organic waste collection programs.

BizRecycling’s experts visited all the businesses to learn about their unique waste streams. What they discovered was that most of the waste could either be recycled or composted. So, each business applied for and received a BizRecycling Grant to purchase color-coded recycling bins, signs, compostable bags for organic waste, and other needed equipment. Another Ramsey County grant was used to build a dumpster enclosure for the businesses to share.

Together, these ten businesses are saving over $4,000 per year in waste disposal costs. Plus, they’ve achieved an impressive 64.9 percent recycling rate! One restaurant was even able to add a new patio where their dumpster once stood. The project has won awards from the Recycling Association of Minnesota and the League of Minnesota Cities. Read more about this innovative project on the BizRecycling website.


News You Can Use:

Think Outside the Box

Tis the season of gift giving! Are you doing a lot of online ordering? Make sure you recycle those cardboard shipping boxes and any other cardboard packaging. All boxes should be broken down before you put them in your recycling cart. Did you know that wrapping paper can also be recycled? The exception would be paper with glitter or foil. You can also extend the life of bows, ribbon and string by reusing them. Please put any Styrofoam, bubble wrap or packing peanuts in the garbage. If you have questions, contact your City or recycling hauler.

Shipping boxes

New Food Planning Tool

Planning the right amount of food for a gathering can be frustrating. But now there's a new tool from Save the Food! The Guest-imator helps you plan and prepare the right amount of different types of food, especially for complicated meals like the upcoming holidays. You can plan around big eaters or little eaters, as well as how many side dishes and desserts you have in mind, and whether or not you want leftovers. Check it out!


Keep Your Food Safe During Holiday Gatherings

With all the gatherings this holiday season, it is important to be mindful of food safety – especially with meats, deviled eggs and custard-based desserts. Follow these four easy steps to keep your holidays happy:

  1. Wash hands, food and food preparation surfaces.
  2. Use separate plates for raw and cooked food.
  3. Cook food to the correct internal temperatures (chicken/turkey 165⁰F, ham 145⁰F).
  4. After cooking, refrigerate food. Do not leave food at room temp longer than two hours.

 If you have questions, please call the Environmental Health office at 651-266-1199.

Family Cooking

Dispose of Unwanted Chemical Products Safely

Cleaning out your garage or basement before winter? Bring any unwanted paint, chemicals and any other household hazardous waste to Ramsey County's year-round collection site in Saint Paul. It’s free!  They even take non-working string lights. Find location, hours and items accepted.


Did you know?

Ramsey County’s Lead Hazard Control Program is responsible for investigating all childhood lead poisoning cases in the county. Lead is a toxin and affects multiple body systems, particularly in young children. It is most commonly found in household paint that was used in porches, kitchens, windows, and exterior siding and trim. Children who are less than six years of age and living in homes built before 1978 are most at risk for lead exposure.

With more than 30 percent of the homes built before 1950, Ramsey County has one of the largest number of children with elevated blood lead levels in Minnesota. Ramsey County staff work closely with homeowners and property managers, the Minnesota Department of Health, the City of Saint Paul and several neighborhood organizations to correct lead-based paint hazards. Meanwhile, the county’s Public Health Nurses work closely with the family on assessing the child’s development and nutrition until the child’s level drops below the level of concern.


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