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New Radon Disclosure Requirements
As of January 1, 2014, the Minnesota Radon Awareness Act now requires that additional disclosure and education be provided to potential home buyers during residential real estate transactions in Minnesota. Before signing a purchase agreement to sell or transfer residential property, the seller shall disclose in writing to the buyer any knowledge the seller has of radon concentrations in the dwelling. For more information Minnesota Department of Health
Radon is a naturally-occurring, odorless, tasteless and invisible gas, that is one of the leading causes of lung cancer in the United States. January is National Radon Action Month, a good time to test homes for Radon. Radon test kits are available from Ramsey County by downloading an online order form or calling 651.266.1127.
2014 Multicultural Calendars Available
Ramsey County Environmental Health is distributing 2014 calendars in Hmong, Spanish, Somali, English and Amharic/Oromo languages to residents throughout the County. The calendars include a variety of helpful information related to recycling and household hazardous waste and are available at many local businesses, community centers, and county offices.
Grants Available for Schools and Community Groups
Ramsey County is looking for applicants to propose new and innovative ways to educate and actively engage residents to recycle and reuse more, reduce waste and toxicity, compost yard and food waste, and plan green events. Three types of grants are available this year:
- Traditional Grants: up to $12,000
- Mini Grants: up to $5,000
- Business Education Grants in Ramsey County ONLY: up to $12,000
Non-profit organizations and schools are eligible to apply. The deadline is March 24, 2014. Go to RethinkRecycling.com/grants to read the grant guidelines and submit an online application.
If you have questions, you can attend an informational meeting on Thursday, February 27 from noon to 1 pm at the Roseville Public Library. Or contact Kira Berglund, Community Power Grant Program Manager, at CommunityPOWER@RethinkRecycling.com or 651.222.7227.
Community POWER is a program of the Solid Waste Management Coordinating Board (a joint-powers board with Anoka, Carver, Dakota, Hennepin, Ramsey and Washington County).
Recycling Works for Metro Manufacturing
Metro Manufacturing, a metal shop/fabricator in St. Paul, is the latest business to use the BizRecycling program to save money through recycling. BizRecycling consultant, Waste Wise, assisted Metro Manufacturing in finding the best recycling program for its needs and issuing bids for collection services. The company is saving over $1,500 annually, while diverting around 14,000 pounds of waste each year by adding recycling bins and consistent signage throughout their offices and shop. You can find more information about BizRecycling and our free consultation services for businesses at LessTrash.com.
Spring Compost Bin Sale
The Recycling Association of Minnesota will be selling compost bins at a reduced price, starting in mid March.
To purchase, pre-order online at RecycleMinnesota.org or call 651.641.4589. Purchased bins need to be picked up on May 31, 2014 at Rock Tenn in Saint Paul.
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