Green Ramsey Newsletter - August 2018

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Green Ramsey 

An Environmental Health Newsletter from Ramsey County - August 2018






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

Fix-It Clinic 
BlackStack Brewing
Saturday, September 22, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
755 Prior Ave North
Saint Paul

Household Hazardous Waste Collection
Year-Round Site – August
Saint Paul (Bay West)
Tues. - Fri.,
11 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Sat., 9 a.m. - 4 p.m
5 Empire Dr.
Saint Paul

Household Hazardous Waste Collection
Mobile Site – August
Saint Paul
Fridays: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Saturdays: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
848 Pleasant Ave.
Saint Paul

Household Hazardous Waste Collection
Mobile Site – August
White Bear Lake - first two Fridays and Saturdays only!
Fridays: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Saturdays: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
1700 9th St.
White Bear Lake



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:

Splash Products Melts Away Their Trash Bill by Recycling More

Splash Products, a Saint Paul based manufacturer of windshield wash, ice melt, wiper blades, antifreeze and cleaners, was already recycling. They had a process to regrind the discarded plastic from molding their bottles, as well as systems for recycling cardboard and pallets. Yet, they felt there was more they could be doing, like single-sort recycling throughout the entire facility. So, they applied for and used a BizRecycling grant to build a new waste enclosure to house recycling and trash dumpsters. They also purchased color-coded recycling bins for use throughout their facility to make it easier for their employees to recycle.

Thanks to the addition of the single-sort recycling system, Splash Products downsized from a 40-yard trash compactor to an 8-yard dumpster – saving them $15,000 a year in disposal costs! They are reinvesting that money into their business to help create new technology for their manufacturing processes. Watch their video story here.

BizRecycling works with businesses in Ramsey and Washington counties to improve their recycling or organics collection. Learn more at or call 651-266-1199.


News You Can Use:

New Household Hazardous Waste Collection Site

Ramsey County has added a second household hazardous waste mobile collection site in August. It will be held in White Bear Lake in the Podvin Park parking lot for the first two Fridays and Saturdays of the month.

Hours are:
August 3: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
August 4: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
August 10: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
August 11: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Visit for a complete list of accepted items


Find Answers to Your Recycling Questions

We get it, sometimes recycling can be confusing. Do you wonder which day of the week your recycling is picked up? What time you should set out your recycling cart? If you can recycle caps and lids on containers? Get answers to your recycling questions by contacting your city or recycling hauler. Then recycle all you can!

Recycling Cart

Do Your Part to Help the Environment

Recycling your food scraps and other organic waste returns essential nutrients to the soil and improves soil health.

Get started today by collecting organics recycling in three easy steps:

  1. Visit a Ramsey County yard waste site to pick up a free starter kit. The starter kit includes a small kitchen caddy, compostable bags and tips for success.
  2. Fill up your compostable bags with organics recycling.
  3. Bring it back to a drop-off site for free disposal. In addition to the free compostable bags that the county provides, you can also receive a free t-shirt when you drop off your organics recycling five times. 

Visit for more information.

Organics Starter Kit

What to Do with Large Bulky Items

Are you moving and have furniture, mattresses or other large items that you need to get rid of? Don’t fret! Check out the easy to use A to Z Recycling & Disposal Guide. This handy resource lists several drop-off options in Ramsey County, including thrift stores, charities and disposal companies. You can also call our hotline at 651-633-EASY (3279), which is answered 24/7.


Did you know?

Over the course of the summer, 100-150 inspections occur at outdoor fairs and festivals in suburban Ramsey County! Our health inspectors visit each of the onsite food vendors, checking that all employees are:

  • Washing their hands.
  • Not working while ill.
  • Cooking meats to the proper temperature.
  • Keeping food at proper hot and cold holding temperatures.
  • Protecting food from sources of contamination.

Their inspections help ensure that the foods you eat at these events are prepared and served safely.

Fair Food

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