Green Ramsey Newsletter - June 2018

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Green Ramsey 

An Environmental Health Newsletter from Ramsey County - June 2018




Special Event! Mend-It Clinic in June!
This event will exclusively feature mending services. Additional info (PDF)Ramsey County Library - Roseville
Saturday, June 23
10:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
2180 North Hamline Ave., Roseville, MN 55113

Fix-It Clinic
North Dale Recreation Center
Saturday, July 28
10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
1414 St. Albans St. N, Saint Paul, MN 55117

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
10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
1725 Kent St., Roseville, MN 55113



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.



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Success Stories:

Swede Hallow Café Makes Recycling Easy

Swede Hollow Café, a coffee shop and café in Saint Paul, reduced their trash volume by starting an organics recycling program to collect food scraps and plate waste, as well as paper towels from the restroom. Swede Hollow Café applied for and received a BizRecycling grant. With that grant, they added color-coded recycling, organics and trash bins for use in both front-of-house and back-of-house. They also expanded their waste collection enclosure outside to accommodate the additional containers needed for organics recycling.

By adding organics recycling and making improvements to their single-sort recycling collection, Swede Hollow Café has cut their trash volume in half and has recycled about 20 tons of organic waste per year. As they said, “Some areas such as the bathroom were so easy to improve – just to have people throw their paper towels into an organics bin. It’s just that easy.”

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

Swede Hallow

Ramsey County Recycling Guide Receives Award

The 2018 Ramsey County Recycling Guide recently received a first-place Northern Lights Award from the Minnesota Association of Government Communicators. Judges were impressed by the guide’s colorful design, readability and user-friendly layout. This is Environmental Health’s third Northern Lights Award.

Recycling Guide Cover

News You Can Use:

Ramsey County to Host Mend-it Clinic on
June 23

Do you like our Fix-it Clinics? Then you’ll love Ramsey County’s new spinoff! Ramsey County will host its first annual Mend-it Clinic on Saturday, June 23 at the Ramsey County Library - Roseville.

This specialized event will exclusively feature FREE mending services including:

  • Replacing a button.
  • Hemming pants.
  • Fixing a seam.
  • Patching a hole.
  • Repairing a zipper.
  • And minor tailoring. 

At the Mend-it Clinic, volunteer menders will help you repair your clothing, blankets, backpacks, pillows and more. This event is first come, first served and there is a three-item limit.

Ramsey County is hosting this event in partnership with Mobile Menders, a volunteer group dedicated to providing free sewing and mending services in the Twin Cities area.


Recycle Away from Home

Summer is here and you’ll likely be spending more time outside and away from home, making it the perfect time to revisit how to recycle anywhere you go. Encourage the whole family to recycle! Keep an eye out for recycling bins in parks, sports complexes and other public places and bring a bag to collect recyclables in your car to take back home. If you have a cabin, make it easy by setting up recycling there, too.

Park Recycling

Borrow Temporary Recycling Bins

Are you planning a graduation party or a family reunion this summer?  If you need an extra recycling bin, borrow one from Ramsey County or your city for free. We have containers for organics recycling, too!

Visit and reserve your container today.

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Did you know?

With the growing popularity of online shopping, it is no surprise that more corrugated boxes are ending up in people’s homes. Did you know that the cardboard you recycle at the curb goes to a local paper mill? That’s right, your boxes end up at WestRock in Saint Paul. The mill turns used corrugated boxes, and other recyclable paper and paperboard packaging collected from homes and businesses, into new packaging.

Your boxes provide a critical raw material for the mill. Each year, the mill produces 365,000 tons of 100% recycled-content paperboard. This paperboard consists of both corrugated cardboard, which is used to make new corrugated boxes, and coated recycled board, which is used in consumer product packaging like cereal and tissue boxes. The mill was established in 1908 and employs 380 people.

Shipping boxes

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