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PH Logo Ramsey County Going Green:  Inside and Out


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We strive to create a healthy, safe environment for all people to live, work and play.  Find out what Ramsey County is doing to go green inside and out!

Recycle and Compost at the County Fair
The Ramsey County Fair, coming July 15-19, is a great place to enjoy rides, contests, exhibits, and of course, food and drink. When you finish your beverage, recycle the bottle, can or plastic cup. Just look for the blue recycling bins throughout the fairgrounds. You can also keep paper napkins, plates, and food boats out of the trash. Put these items and any food you can’t finish in the green composting bins near the food stands. Help make the Fair a“green” experience—recycle and compost!

Grant Awarded to City of Maplewood
Ramsey County recently awarded the City of Maplewood a Public Entity Innovation grant to collect organic waste for recycling at all four of its city hall campus buildings. This organics collection program will allow the city to remove up to 40 percent of waste from its facilities, including food waste and paper towels. There will also be an educational component to the program. The city’s internal Green Team will educate employees and guests about organics, recycling collection, and waste reduction at city facilities.

Businesses Required to Recycle
Most businesses in the metro area will have to recycle at least three types of material by January 1, 2016. They are required to recycle if the business contracts for four cubic yards or more of trash collection per week. Don’t throw your profits out with the trash! We can help with free resources through BizRecycling. Go to for more information or call 651-266-1199.

Resource Recovery Project Update
At its meeting May 28, the Ramsey/Washington County Resource Recovery Project took a step toward public ownership of the Newport Resource Recovery facility. The Project Board adopted a resolution that stated strong interest in public ownership, and deferred action on exercising the counties’ option to purchase until a purchase agreement is negotiated.

Commissioners stated support for ownership, but are concerned about the cost, and directed staff and consultants to conduct due diligence and work on reducing the price. To learn more, visit or call 651-266-1199.

New! Adding Organics Collection Sites in the Future
On June 23, the Ramsey County Board of Commissioners authorized an expansion of the county’s source separated organics (SSO) drop-off program. The Public Health Department can now add up to six additional sites, partnering with other entities in the process. The county currently collects SSO at six of its yard waste sites. Watch for more information as new sites are located and developed. To learn more about SSO collection, visit

Funding for Recycling Carts
Also on June 23, the County Board approved changes to the County’s Public Entities Innovation Grant program, with additional funding. The County will now provide funding for up to 50 percent of a municipalities’ cost of purchasing recycling carts for residents. The Board approved the addition of $3.5 million to cover the cost of this program. The City of Saint Paul is expected to request help to cover the cost of 87,000 recycling carts as it makes improvements to its residential recycling program.

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