Green Ramsey Newsletter - May 2018

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Green Ramsey 

An Environmental Health Newsletter from Ramsey County - May 2018




Volunteers in Corrections Annual Plant Sale
May 4 - May 27
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. Maplewood, MN 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
Highland Park Community Center
Saturday, May 19
1:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
1978 Ford Pkwy.
Saint Paul, MN 55116

Mend-It Clinic (sewing projects only)
Ramsey County Library - Roseville
Saturday, June 23
10:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
2180 North Hamline Ave. Roseville, MN 55113

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
Arden Hills
10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
1352 Ben Franklin Rd. Arden Hills 55112



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 Stories:

Roseville Church Cuts Their Trash Pickups in Half

To improve their recycling, Twin City Chinese Christian Church in Roseville used grant money from BizRecycling to buy color-coded recycling bins and additional signage. The church’s youth minister recruited teenagers to help translate the recycling signs, so they were accessible to all parishioners. Congregants were excited to see the teens using their Chinese language skills, plus the teens were excited to help the congregation recycle more. The church was able to cut their trash pickups in half, and are saving over $800 a year in hauling costs!

BizRecycling works with interested businesses of all sizes in Ramsey and Washington counties to start or improve their recycling or organics recycling programs. To find out more about the BizRecycling program, visit, or call 651-266-1199.

Chinese Church

Arts Program Composts Organics Recycling to Maintain Garden

ARTS-Us is a non-profit organization that provides after-school and summer art programs. They also teach youth about actions that benefit the environment. Recently, the organization set out to reduce the amount of organics recycling in their own trash.

Through a Ramsey County grant, construction began on an outdoor compost bin for yard waste, as well as three “worm wigwams” to compost food scraps using red wiggler worms. ARTS–Us is now composting all their food waste, yard waste and paper, which amounts to approximately 4,400 pounds a year. The end product is used to maintain a healthy garden they planted.


News You Can Use:

Don’t Trash It, Fix It!

Now that spring is in full swing, it's time to clean out your home and repair those broken household items! Ramsey County hosts monthly Fix-it Clinics throughout the county. At Fix-it Clinics, all are welcome to bring in broken items, such as small household appliances, clothing, jewelry and electronics. Volunteer "fixers" will help you troubleshoot and repair each item for FREE! It is first-come, first-served and you are limited to three items.

Our next Fix-it Clinic is right around the corner:

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

For details, visit Also learn more about our first MEND-IT CLINIC on Saturday, June 23 at Ramsey County Library - Roseville. If you are interested in volunteering as a fixer, call 651-266-1199 or email See you there!

Fixit in action

Assistance to Improve Apartment Recycling

Do you live in or manage an apartment complex? How well is the recycling program working? Tenants want the opportunity to recycle and a good program can save money on trash expenses. It is also required by state law.

We are here to help property managers and owners of apartments and condos in Ramsey and Washington County by offering free resources. These resources include reusable bags, totes, magnets, posters and stickers that can help promote recycling in buildings and reduce contamination. Check out BizRecycling to place your order.

Apartment Bin

Free Used Oil and Filter Collection Shed Open 24/7

Spring is a great time for changing oil in cars, lawn mowers, motorcycles and more! Ramsey County offers a free, self-service collection shed for used oil and oil filters that is open 24/7. Antifreeze is also accepted. The shed is located just north of the Ramsey County Public Works facility at:

1352 Ben Franklin Road
Arden Hills, MN 55126

In 2017, over 40,000 gallons of used oil was collected from residents and recycled!

Used Oil Shed

Plant Sales in May

The 2018 Ramsey County Plant Sale, hosted by the county's Master Gardeners, will be held on Saturday, May 19 from 8 a.m. - 2 p.m. It will be held at:

"The Barn"
2020 White Bear Avenue
Maplewood, MN 55109

The sale features hundreds of native plants, perennials for sun and shade, tomatoes, herbs, hostas and more – all grown by expert gardeners.  You will also find winning plants from the Minnesota seed trials.

Come between 7:30 - 11:30 a.m. to hear Master Gardeners give brief 15-minute talks about selecting the right plants for attracting pollinators. 

The Volunteers in Corrections Plant Sale will be Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays in May and feature a variety of hanging baskets, deck pots, vegetables and herbs. This sale is located at:

Ramsey County Correctional Facility
297 South Century Ave
Saint Paul, MN 55119
(enter off Lower Afton Road)

Plant Sale

Did you know?

If you live in Ramsey County, and your child has asthma, you may qualify to receive free products to help alleviate your child’s asthma symptoms. In the last two years, Ramsey County has done asthma interventions for over 100 families through our Healthy Homes program. This program sends an Environmental Health Inspector and a Public Health Nurse to your home to look for asthma triggers and environmental hazards. They will also provide health education to better manage your child’s asthma.

In our six-month follow up meetings, families participating in our program have reported less frequent use of prednisone or nebulizers, in addition to fewer missed school days. If you have a child who struggles with their asthma, call us at 651-266-1139 to see if our free Healthy Homes program could help your child!


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