A to Z Disposal Guide
Some of what you throw away should be recycled, composted or handled in special ways. Visit the A to Z Disposal Guide for information on safe and responsible disposal of household items.
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Home composting is an easy way to turn organic waste into a rich soil amendment. All you need is a compost bin and a pitch fork, which you can find at most lawn and garden stores. Contact your city about rules and restrictions.
Composting with a Backyard Bin | University of Minnesota Extension | RethinkRecycling | Minnesota Pollution Control Agency | Printable Guide | Your City
Brush & Yard Waste
Find out where to recycle leaves, brush, weeds and other yard wastes.
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Compostable Yard Waste Bags
If your yard waste is picked up by a hauler or recycler, state law now says you must use a reusable container or special bag that can be composted. Plastic bags are not considered reusable containers and are banned.
Compostable Yard Waste Bags | Yard Waste Bag Requirements
Household Hazardous Waste (HHW)
Many household products you use to clean your kitchen and bathroom, maintain your car and home, control animal and insect pests, and use to maintain your lawn contain harmful chemicals. When these products are no longer needed or useful, they are considered household hazardous waste (HHW).
HHW Information & Collection Sites | Acceptable Items | FAQs | 651.633.EASY (3279) - answered 24/7
Keeping your home free of pests like mice and roaches can be done without the use of harmful chemical sprays and baits.
Ants | Bed Bugs | Bees and Wasps | Cockroaches | Flies | Lice | Mosquitoes | Mice | Ticks
Indoor Air Quality
Minnesotans spend a lot of time indoors. Keep the air inside your home as healthy as possible.
Mold | Radon | Smoking & Tobacco
Lead is a toxic metal that was used for many years in products in and around our homes. Lead is part of our world today, but it is never a normal part of our bodies.
Lead at Home
Safely dispose of unwanted, expired and unused medicines at one of Ramsey County’s public drop boxes. This year-round collection program helps prevent crime and protects the environment.
Medicine Collection Program
Public Health Nuisances
If a threat to the public health, such as a source of filth, illegal dumping of garbage and stockpiles of tires is found on any property, the public health office shall order the owner or occupant of the property to remove or abate such threat within a specified time frame.
Public Health Nuisances
Recycling services at home are arranged by the city where you live. There are markets in Minnesota that use the bottles, cans and paper you recycle. Be a part of the solution and rethink recycling!
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Most residents of Ramsey County have to arrange for their own trash collection. Reducing trash through recycling and composting not only protects the environment, but can save money on your trash bill and the County Environmental Charge (CEC).
CEC | Types of Trash | Trash Collection
Well Water Testing
Public Health provides well water testing for home and vacation properties. Water can be tested for bacteria and nitrates. Results are intended for personal use only and should only be regarded as an indication of the water quality at the time of sampling, not an overall evaluation of the entire water system.
Well Water Testing | 651.266.1321
Yard & Garden Care
Get tips for keeping your yard and garden looking its best.
Healthy Lawns (pdf) | Plant Pot Recycling | Pruning Trees and Shrubs
Looking for expert advice on home composting, yard waste reduction, and environmentally-friendly yard care? Master Gardeners host "Question & Answer Booths" at the Ramsey County yard waste sites. Yard Waste Collection Sites | Master Gardeners | Question and Answer Booth Schedule (pdf) | Ramsey County Master Gardeners | 651.704.2071
An 80 gallon barrel emptied regularly can capture 3,275 gallons of water per year from one side of a house. Use the rainwater for watering flowers, grass and vegetables. Several local stores now carry rain barrels or you can make one yourself for less than $50. You can also check the Recycling of Minnesota's website for their Spring sale events
Assemble a Rain Barrel | Capturing Rain Water | Keeping Mosquitoes Out of Rain Barrels | Ramsey/Washington Metro Watershed District | Recycling Association of Minnesota