Green Ramsey - March Issue

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GREEN RAMSEY Newsletter- Ramsey County

March 2019
An environmental health newsletter from Ramsey County.

Success stories

Hmong American Partnership Uses Grant to Improve Recycling

HAP BizRecycling

Hmong American Partnership (HAP) is the largest Hmong non-profit organization in the United States, empowering the refugee and immigrant community for over 25 years. HAP was interested in improving their recycling program and received a site visit to review their current waste management systems. It was determined that HAP could benefit from standardizing their recycling bins and adding proper signage. HAP also has a large community room and was interested in adding organics recycling.

HAP received a BizRecycling grant to install a new dishwasher (to move from disposal to reusable dishware), to host a staff training, and to purchase color-coded recycling containers.

“Staff have commented on the advantage of organics in the workplace, and we appreciate [offering] organics and recycling service to our clients and guests” said Tou Lee, Front Desk Supervisor. Overall, HAP has had a lot of success with their new recycling programs and is diverting an estimated 31,517 pounds of recycling and organics from the trash each year!

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


Ramsey County Puts a Lid on It

Fuel Tank

Ramsey County recently took the step of voluntarily installing vapor recovery equipment on its tanks that supply fuel for its fleet operations. This reduces fuel tank vapors by 95%! Why is this important? Vapors escaping from fuel tanks when being filled contribute to ozone pollution. Ozone can cause serious breathing problems and makes asthma or other lung conditions worse.

If you have asthma or other breathing issues, sign up to receive air quality alerts from the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency.

News you can use

New Recycling Guide Coming Soon!

2019 Recycling Guide Cover

The 2019 Recycling Guide for residents will arrive in your mailbox this month. It's a 24-page guide with information on household recycling, organics recycling, yard waste, household hazardous waste, medicine disposal and more! This year, we also included information on purchasing radon test kits for only $2.

Keep this guide in a handy spot to reference throughout the year. If you have any questions, visit or call our 24/7 hotline at 651-633-EASY (3279).


Compost Bin Sale – Save $20

Compost Bin

The Recycling Association of Minnesota is selling compost bins for $64, plus tax this year. Ramsey County residents can get an additional $20 off! Order online at and enter promo code “Ramsey” to receive the discounted price. Or call 651-641-4589 and mention that you are a Ramsey County resident.

Pick up your pre-ordered bin on April 27 in Maplewood. Find additional dates and locations at


Know What Batteries Should Be Recycled


Numerous devices, like cell phones, computers, electric toothbrushes, power tools, radio speakers, toys, watches and more, come with various types of batteries that contain different chemistries and metals. If not disposed of properly, some batteries can cause fires, and others contain toxic metals that can pollute our air, water, and land.

While it is OK to toss alkaline batteries in the trash, rechargeable batteries must be recycled. Each type of battery and how to dispose of them is listed on Ramsey County’s online A to Z Recycling and Disposal Guide. If you are unsure what to do with a battery, bring it to a Ramsey County Household Hazardous Waste collection site.


Dispose of Needles and Syringes Responsibly


If you take injection medication, do not place needles and syringes in the trash or recycling cart. Please follow these instructions:

  • Place empty needles and syringes in a hard-sided, plastic container with screw-on cap (like a detergent bottle) and label it "Sharps".
  • When full, bring your sharps container to a household hazardous waste collection site. Please inform staff when you drop them off. They will ask you to place your sharps in the collection box.
  • Sharps containing medicine should be brought to a medicine collection site.

For sharps and medicine from businesses, healthcare facilities, long-term facilities, pharmacies, doctors' offices or veterinary clinics, please call 651-266-1199 for assistance.


Did you know?

Ramsey County is committed to food safety and the prevention of foodborne illnesses for those who visit restaurants and other food outlets in our county. As part of that commitment, Ramsey County offers food manager trainings to food industry workers each year. This program, titled “ServSafe®”, provides food safety training classes, exams and educational materials to foodservice managers. Upon successful completion of the program, the participant becomes a Certified Food Protection Manager (CFPM).

A CFPM is required to be on staff at every restaurant and entity serving food to the public in the state of Minnesota. They are also responsible for adopting any food code changes in their facility and are required to have continuing education on an ongoing basis.

View the 2019 class schedule to see upcoming training dates.


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Upcoming Events

Fix-It Clinic
Ramsey County Library –
White Bear Lake
Saturday, March 23
10:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.|
2150 2nd Street
White Bear Lake, MN 55110

Fix-It Clinic
Battle Creek Recreation Center
Saturday, April 27
11 a.m. - 2 p.m.
75 Winthrop Street S,
Saint Paul, MN 55119

Household Hazardous Waste Collection
Year-Round Site – March
Saint Paul (Bay West facility) Friday.: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Saturday: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
5 Empire Dr
Saint Paul, MN 55103


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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