Green Ramsey Newsletter - April 2018

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Green Ramsey 

An Environmental Health Newsletter from Ramsey County - April 2018




Volunteers in Corrections Annual Flower Sale
April 28 - May 21
Fridays, 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Saturdays, 8 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Sundays, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
297 South Century Ave. Saint Paul, Minnesota 55119 (enter off Lower Afton Rd.)

Master Gardeners' Spring Plant Sale
Saturday, May 19
8 a.m. - 2 p.m.
2020 White Bear Ave.
Maplewood, MN 55109

Fix-it Clinic
Ramsey County Library - White Bear Lake
Saturday, April 28
10:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
2150 2nd St.
White Bear Lake, MN 55110

Fix-it Clinic
Highland Park Community Center
Saturday, May 19
1:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
1978 Ford Pkwy.
Saint Paul, MN 55116

Find more Fix-It Clinic information online.

Household Hazardous Waste Collection
Saint Paul (Bay West)
Tues. - Fri.,
11 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Sat., 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
5 Empire Dr., Saint Paul, MN 55103

Household Hazardous Waste Collection
(Aldrich Arena)
10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
1850 White Bear Ave. N.
Maplewood, MN 55019



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:

Mexican Restaurant Saves Money on Trash Bill

La Cucaracha Restaurante in Saint Paul used BizRecycling grants to improve their regular recycling and add organics recycling. BizRecycling works with interested businesses of all sizes in Ramsey and Washington counties to start or improve their recycling or organics programs. By recycling more, La Cucaracha Restaurante cut their garbage volume in half and are now saving nearly $5,000 a year on their trash bill!

To find out more, visit or call 651-266-1199.

La Cucaracha

News You Can Use:

Buy a Compost Bin – Save $20

Compost bins are now on sale with a special rate for Ramsey County residents! Order at or call 651-641-4589 and use promo code “Ramsey” to get your exclusive discount. By doing so, you’ll save $20 off the listed $64 price tag – that’s an over 30% savings!

Pre-ordered bins will be available for pick-up on April 28 in Maplewood. Find additional dates and locations at

Compost Bin 2018

Free Paint and Other Home Products Available!

Are you working on a home painting or staining project this spring? Check out the Product Reuse Center at Ramsey County’s year-round household hazardous waste collection site in Saint Paul. There’s leftover paint, stains and other household products available for residents and it’s all free! Must be 18+ to pick-up products. Visit for location and hours.

Reuse Center

Coming Soon: City Clean-Up Events

Want to save some money when cleaning this spring? Many cities offer spring clean-up events, for free or at a reduced cost, to help you get rid of bulky items like couches, mattresses, scrap metal and tires. Find out dates, fees and what is accepted on your city website.

Clean-up Event

Borrow Hands-on Recycling Kits and Games

Add some fun to your recycling lessons! Ramsey County has kits and games for all-ages, which are available for free to residents. It may be the perfect addition to your upcoming Earth Day event! Visit or call 651-266-1199 for more information on available kits and games. Once reserved, items may be picked up during business hours at the Environmental Health Division office in Maplewood.

Educational kit

Did you know?

In addition to collecting leaves, grass and other soft plant material, Ramsey County’s Arden Hills, Midway, Frank & Sims, and White Bear Township yard waste sites accept tree and shrub waste. Trees and shrubs are dropped off in a separate area at those four sites. Once there is enough collected for grinding, a contractor grinds it into mulch - which happens about every five weeks during the growing season. Some mulch is left behind for residents to take for free and use in their yards. The rest is delivered to the St. Paul Cogeneration – District Energy plant for use as fuel in producing electricity and heating.

Each year, Ramsey County collects enough tree and shrub material to fill over 450 semis with mulch! Visit the University of Minnesota Extension website for information on the benefits of mulch and how to use it.

Mulch Grinder

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