Green Ramsey Newsletter - February 2018

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Green Ramsey 

An Environmental Health Newsletter from Ramsey County - February 2018




Fix-it Clinic

Fix-it Clinic
North Haven Church
Saturday, February 24
10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
2240 15th Ave. East, North St. Paul, MN 55109

Fix-it Clinic
West Minnehaha Recreation Center
Saturday, March 24
11 a.m. - 2 p.m.
685 West Minnehaha Ave., Saint Paul, MN 55104

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.

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.

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 Story:

Atelier 957 Finds a Practical Solution to Recycling

Before Atelier 957 had a recycling program, one of their employees was taking the store’s recyclables home so they didn’t end up in the trash. They recognized they needed a more permanent and practical solution, so Atelier 957 contacted BizRecycling for help. BizRecycling works with interested businesses of all sizes in Ramsey and Washington counties to start or improve their recycling or organics programs.

BizRecycling’s experts helped Atelier 957 start a simple, single-sort recycling program, where all recyclables go in one bin. This allowed them to collect cardboard from shipments, office paper and old catalogs along with plastic, glass and metal containers. Thanks to their recycling efforts, Atelier 957 has reduced their trash pickup from once every two weeks to once every six to eight weeks!

To find out more about the BizRecycling program, visit, or call 651-266-1199.


News You Can Use:

Why Prune Trees and Shrubs Now

With the cold weather, you may not think about caring for your landscaping, but late February and early March are the best times to prune most trees and shrubs. By doing it now, you will expose them to less pathogens than can get into the open wounds from pruning. Pruning promotes plant health and appearance, encourages flowering or fruit development, and protects people and your property from hazards. Without leaves, it’s also easier to see the desired form of your trees and shrubs. However, some trees and shrubs should be pruned immediately after flowering, before the flower buds set for the next season.

To learn more about properly prune trees and shrubs, visit the University of Minnesota Extension website or call 612-301-7590 and leave a message.

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What to Do with Spent Batteries

Ramsey County recycled more than 18 tons of batteries last year, which is equal to the weight of 18 grand pianos! That’s more than double from ten years ago!  Our household hazardous waste collection sites accept vehicle batteries, rechargeable batteries and button batteries, including batteries from musical greeting cards and children’s sound books. Several retail stores also offer battery recycling. Alkaline batteries like AAA, AA, C and D are safe to dispose of in the trash. Find more information on battery recycling at


2017 Highlights from Our Recycling & Disposal Hotline

The 24/7 Recycling & Disposal Hotline had another great year! Since 2010, our long-established hotline (651-633-EASY) has been available to respond to recycling and disposal questions any time of day. In 2015, a web chat feature was added to allow even more flexibility in answering residents’ questions.

Here are a few highlights from last year:

  • 20,489 calls and 1,505 web chats were received.
  • Over 54% of calls were from Saint Paul residents--other highly represented cities included Roseville, Maplewood and White Bear Lake.
  • General recycling and disposal questions were most common, followed closely by yard waste and household hazardous waste.
  • 27% of calls were received after business hours and during weekends.

As you settle into 2018, remember the Recycling & Disposal Hotline (651-633-EASY) is available anytime to answer your recycling and disposal questions! Visit to test out the web chat feature, too!

Did you know?

Hazardous Waste Inspections: Reducing the Risk

Through regular inspections (close to a 1,000 in 2017), education and collaboration with the licensed businesses, Ramsey County Hazardous Waste Inspectors ensure compliance in every day places, which result in environmental protection for the entire community. Your mechanic, dental office and dry cleaner may all produce hazardous waste that needs to be safely managed.

More than 1,800 businesses licensed by Saint Paul-Ramsey County Public Health, could be considered a hazardous waste generator and it’s up to the inspectors to work with the business to identify the waste they are generating and to make sure it’s disposed of correctly. Typical wastes these businesses produce are oil based paints, cleaning solvents, used oil, car batteries, pharmaceuticals and fluorescent lamps.

HW Inspection

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