Green Ramsey Newsletter - October 2018

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Green Ramsey 

An Environmental Health Newsletter from Ramsey County - October 2018






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

Fix-It Clinic 
Ramsey County Library - Maplewood
Saturday, November 17
10:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
3025 Southlawn Drive

Household Hazardous Waste Collection
Year-Round Site – Oct.
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 – Oct.
(Aldrich Arena parking lot) 
Fridays: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Saturdays: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
1850 White Bear Ave. North 

“Pop-up” Household Hazardous Waste Collection
Mobile Site – October 19, 20, 26 and 27
Highland Park (Highland Ice Arena parking lot)Friday, October 19 and 26: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Saturday, October 20 and 27: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
800 Snelling Ave. South
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.

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Maplewood, MN, 55109





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Prepare Your Yard for Winter

October is the time to rake up all of those fallen leaves in your yard, and bring them to a free county yard waste site. Removing the leaves will allow your lawn to breathe during the winter and deter any pests and diseases.

In addition to removing your leaves, now is a good time to inspect your trees for any dead, diseased or damaged branches and remove them. The weight of heavy snowfall could break off those branches and damage your home.

There are many ways to recycle yard waste. Get in touch with your trash hauler to see if they offer curbside collection. Or better yet, bring your yard waste to one of Ramsey County’s free yard waste collection sites.

Visit for locations, hours and materials accepted. If this all seems like a chore, make it a family event. Kids love raking leaves if they get to jump in the piles!

Leaves Jumping

Enjoy Recreational Fires Responsibly

Fall is the perfect time for enjoying roasted marshmallows and hot chocolate around a backyard fire. If you’re lighting a wood fire, follow these tips:

  • Burn wood that has been drying for at least six months and avoid burning green wood (wood that has been recently cut and not dried out),
  • Consider the wind direction and your proximity to neighbors and try to avoid sending too much smoke their way.
  • Avoid burning construction waste, plastic, garbage or yard waste. They can be toxic and create more smoke. Instead, visit the A to Z Recycling and Disposal Guide for where to bring those items.

Learn more about recreational fires from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Burn Wise program.

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How to Recycle and Waste Less Paint

Paint is the most common material brought to household hazardous waste (HHW) sites across the U.S. Last year, Ramsey County collected 700,000 pounds of unwanted paint! Residents commonly drop off unwanted paint because the paint is frozen, dried out, too much was bought or they are moving. No matter the reason, there are many free and convenient options for recycling paint in Ramsey County, from our year-round and mobile HHW collection sites to more than a dozen retail paint stores that are part of a paint product stewardship organization, operated by PaintCare.

To find a paint recycling drop-off near you, visit or To waste less paint, follow these helpful tips:

  1. Keep paint from freezing by removing it from unheated sheds or garages during the winter.
  2. Check out Ramsey County’s Product Reuse Center to find reusable paint for free!
  3. Use an online paint coverage calculator to determine how much you will need for the job.

Forgivable Financing for Home Improvement Projects

Expensive utility bills and heating system repairs can be a financial burden for many homeowners. To help, the Center for Energy and Environment (CEE) has partnered with Ramsey County to offer an Energy Conservation Deferred Loan. The loan is zero percent interest, has no monthly payments, and is forgiven if the homeowner stays in their home for 10 years. Income limits apply.

Eligible projects include:

  • Furnace/boiler replacement.
  • Water heater replacement.
  • Attic and/or wall insulation.  

To learn more or to get started, call CEE’s residential loan specialists at 651-789-5706. The Center for Energy and Environment is a Minnesota nonprofit that has been helping homeowners for over 40 years.

Did you know?

Did you know? If you change your own oil, October is the month to do it as there are four household hazardous waste collection sites available to residents. Whether you are winterizing a boat or lawnmower, or just doing a routine oil change on your car, bring your used oil to one of Ramsey County’s four household hazardous waste collection sites this month:

  1. Mobile site at Aldrich Arena in Maplewood.
  2. “Pop-up” mobile site in Highland Park.
  3. Year-round site at Bay West in Saint Paul.
  4. The 24/7 used oil collection shed at Ramsey County Public Works in Arden Hills.

All four locations also accept used oil filters and antifreeze. When you visit our mobile and year-round collection sites, you can receive a free used oil jug, while supplies last. This jug will allow you to safely store and transport your used oil.

Once collected, Ramsey County ships the used oil to local vendors that re-refine it to make new oil or burn it for energy. Recycling used oil helps conserve virgin materials needed to make new oil, protects our water supply, and supports local business. Last year, Ramsey County recycled over 59,000 pounds of used oil!

Used Oil

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