Green Ramsey Newsletter - September 2018

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Green Ramsey 

An Environmental Health Newsletter from Ramsey County - September 2018






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

Fix-It Clinic 
St. Anthony Community Center
Saturday, October 27
10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
3301 Silver Lake Road NE
St. Anthony

Household Hazardous Waste Collection
Year-Round Site – Sept.
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 – September (after Labor Day)
Saint Paul
(near State Fairgrounds)
Fridays: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Saturdays: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
1660 Como Ave.
Saint Paul



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:

Du Frense Manufacturing Realizes the Cost Savings from Recycling Plastic Film


Du Frense Manufacturing Company, located in Vadnais Heights, has been an industry leader in the precision metal fabrication industry for more than 27 years. To maintain their commitment to sustainable practices, the company’s green team applied for and received a grant from BizRecycling to find new ways for the company to recycle more.

BizRecycling completed a waste audit and recommended that Du Frense recycle their plastic film, which was filling up their trash dumpster. By diverting 1,260 pounds of plastic film from the trash, they reduced their trash dumpster size from 12 to 8 yards, saving them $600 a year in disposal costs. Du Frense was so impressed that they started collecting plastic film at a second facility and added new color coded and labeled recycling bins to help employees know where to put their recycling. They also purchased reusable bottles for employees to avoid using disposable ones. Du Frense is currently implementing an organics recycling program for food waste and paper towels to further reduce their trash. 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.

De Frense

News You Can Use:

Remodeling Your Home with the Environment in Mind

If you’re tackling a home remodeling project this fall, here are some ways to reduce your impact on the environment:

  1. Donate.
    Donate any unwanted items in good condition like cabinets, radiators, doors, windows and other building materials to a used building material store. Local stores include Bauer Brothers, Better Futures, City Salvage, Guilded Salvage, Habitat for Humanity ReStore and Professional Rebuilding Outlet. Call first to confirm what items are accepted.
  2. Recycle.
    If you’re getting new appliances, ask the retailer to recycle your old appliances or dispose of them properly yourself. You can also recycle used carpet and carpet padding. See our online A to Z Disposal Guide for options.
  3. Reuse.
    If you have a small area to paint, like an accent wall, check out our Product Reuse Center. You just might luck out and find a free can of paint in the color you like! Visit Ramsey County for more information.
  4. Buy Recycled Content.
    Consider purchasing materials made with recycled content. You can find recycled content options for glass tile, carpet and latex paint. 

For green tips on approaching major remodeling projects, read the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency’s fact sheet.

Home Remodeling

Relax, Repair, Repeat – Ramsey County to host first Fix-it Café on September 22

The Ramsey County Fix-it Clinic program has seen great success since it began in July 2015. Looking to expand its reach, the program will pilot a spin-off event called a Fix-it Café later this month.

The Fix-it Café is a cozy, relaxed and stay-awhile version of the Fix-it Clinics. Bring things like small household appliances, clothing, electronics and more. Volunteer fixers and menders will help you disassemble, troubleshoot and repair your item FOR FREE!

The Fix-it Café will also feature:

  • Free coffee and pastries while you wait for your item to be fixed (while supplies last.)
  • Free tours of the Minnesota Tool Library.
  • An opportunity to learn more about Mobile Menders, a volunteer group dedicated to providing free mending services around the Twin Cities area.
  • An opportunity to meet Alexis from MyTalk 107.1’s Jason & Alexis in the Morning.

All are welcome! There is a three-item limit.

Saturday, September 22
10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
BlackStack Brewing
755 Prior Ave. N., Saint Paul, MN 55104

Fix-it 2

Ban the Bug from School Lunch Boxes

If you send your kids to school with a home lunch, follow these simple rules for keeping foodborne illness at bay:

  1. Always wash your hands before preparing any food.
  2. Use insulated lunch bags with freezer ice packs to keep cold foods cold. You can also try using frozen water bottles or juice boxes as ice packs.
  3. Use insulated containers to keep hot foods, like soups and chilies, hot.
  4. Remind your children to wash their hands before they eat.

If your child has nausea, vomiting, stomach cramps or diarrhea, be sure to keep him/her home from school. Foodborne illnesses can spread very quickly.


Recycling Improves at the Ramsey County Fair

Recycling at the Ramsey County Fair in mid-July was a great success this year! Staff set out several containers around the fairgrounds to capture more bottles, cans and cups for recycling, and more food scraps, paper towels, and paper service ware for composting. Thanks to thousands of conscientious visitors, recycling increased by 17 percent over last year. It was the fair’s highest recycling rate ever. We look forward to doing even better next year.

Fair 2

Did you know?

For over 30 years, Ramsey County has helped turn garbage into electricity to power homes in Minnesota. The Ramsey/Washington Recycling & Energy Center (R&E Center) in Newport takes in trash from Ramsey and Washington counties and processes it to make refuse-derived fuel (RDF). The RDF is then transported to Xcel Energy plants in Mankato and Red Wing, where it is burned to generate electricity.

In one year, the RDF powers approximately 30,000 homes—which is close to the total number of households in the city of Roseville. The R&E Center also removes and recycles metal in the trash. In 2017, it recycled over 14,000 tons of metal or the weight of almost two Eiffel Towers!

Ramsey and Washington counties, which own and operate the R&E Center, are also exploring new ways to recover energy from trash. Watch for updates in future issues of Green Ramsey.

R&E Center

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