Green Ramsey Newsletter - July 2018

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Green Ramsey 

An Environmental Health Newsletter from Ramsey County - July 2018






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

Fix-It Clinic 

Ramsey County Library - New Brighton

Saturday, August 25
10:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

400 10th St. NW, New Brighton, MN 55112

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

Fridays, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Saturdays, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

1352 Ben Franklin Rd.
Arden Hills, MN 55126 



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.



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:

Reducing Waste and Teaching Reuse in the Classroom

Before kids break for summer vacation, their lockers and desks need to be cleaned out. Too often, usable markers, notebooks and pencils end up the trash. Highland Catholic School, with an enrollment of 420 students in grades K through 8, wanted to change that. Instead of tossing good school supplies in the trash, the students separated out the usable items. They filled 27 grocery bags and donated these supplies to charity! It was a valuable lesson in reducing trash and learning about reuse.

BizRecycling works with interested schools and 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.

Highland Catholic School

News You Can Use:

Visit the Ramsey County Fair and Recycle While You’re There

It's Ramsey County fair time! Experience a small-town fair with fun for all ages, including farm animals, carnival rides, tasty food, fireworks and more! While you’re enjoying the sites and sounds of the fair, check out the Master Gardeners' booth and learn about gardening, composting and organics recycling. And remember to recycle! For your convenience, two types of recycling containers will be onsite. The blue bins are for cans, bottles and plastic cups. The green organics recycling bins are for food waste, corn dog sticks and napkins. The fair runs July 11-15. Admission is free.

County Fair

Make Your Next Trip to the Farmer’s Market a Green One

During the summer, farmer’s markets are a regular weekend attraction in Ramsey County. Before you head to one to stock up on healthy, locally grown food, read these tips for making your trip greener.

  1. Plan ahead. Before you go to the market, plan out what foods you need to avoid buying too much and letting it go to waste. Need help? Check out Save the Food’s GUEST-imator.
  2. Use reusable containers. If you can, swap out plastic bags for reusable produce bags, a basket or reusable containers.
  3. Recycle plastic bags. If you get plastic bags from the market, recycle them at a local drop-off. Don’t put plastic bags in your curbside recycling cart! Find locations at
  4. Store food correctly. To ensure both food safety and longevity, make sure to store those yummy farm fresh foods correctly. Use Save the Food’s Storage Tips. [stock image]

Never been to a farmer’s market? Find one near you!

Farmer's Market 1

Feeling the Heat? Protect Yourself from Extreme Heat with 4 Easy Tips

Now that summer is in full swing, extreme heat can threaten human health. To prepare for extreme heat, follow these simple guidelines:

  1. Stay hydrated. Drink fluids throughout the day. Avoid alcohol and drinks high in sugar and caffeine.
  2. Stay cool. Seek out air-conditioned spaces (view all public cooling spaces in Ramsey County). Limit outdoor activity, especially in the middle of the day. Wear light-colored clothing.
  3. Stay informed. Tune into the local news or follow Ramsey County on social media. Be aware of the forecast. Know the symptoms of heat-related illness and be prepared to prevent it.
  4. Help others beat the heat. Check on relatives, neighbors, older adults and other vulnerable community members to ensure they are staying cool and hydrated. Those at highest risk include people 65 and older, children younger than two, and people with chronic diseases or metal illness.

Learn more about extreme heat and how to protect yourself from it at

Heat Wave

How to Keep Food Safe to Eat While Camping

Summer is the perfect time to get outdoors and enjoy nature! If you like to camp, here are some tips for keeping your food safe to eat:

  1. Bring camping-friendly food that requires little or no cooking.
  2. Use a cooler with gel ice packs to keep perishable foods cool.
  3. Test meats and fish with a food thermometer before serving, making sure they reach safe minimum cooking temperatures.
  4. Use bottled water or purification tablets if safe water is not available for drinking and cooking.

If you use a gas grill, remember to bring your used propane canisters to a Ramsey County household hazardous waste collection site. For more food safety tips, visit


Did you know?

Did you know that plastic film can be recycled into products like composite lumber for making decks, benches and playground sets? It can also be made into new bags and other plastic items.

Plastic film is soft, flexible plastic packaging that includes shopping bags, as well as those produce, bread, zip-top and dry cleaning bags. It’s also the wrap around many products like paper towels, toilet paper and diapers.

It’s important that you bring clean and dry plastic bags and wrap to a drop-off site like Target, Cub and Lunds & Byerlys. Do not put them in with your curbside recycling. They interfere with the automatic sorting machines at recycling centers.

At these centers, conveyor belts feed recycling into rotating tunnels, onto spinning wheels, and past magnets and eddy currents to separate out the plastic, glass, paper and metal items. Plastic bags cannot be sorted from other materials by existing machinery. Instead, they get caught in the conveyor belts and jam spinning wheels, bringing the entire sorting station to a halt. These bags have to be removed by hand, which is dangerous and time-consuming.

So recycle those plastic bags, but do it the right way!

plastic bags

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