In the Twin Cities metropolitan area, we produce about 6 pounds of waste per person each day. That is enough waste to fill Target Field over 25 times every year! Think about how much stuff that is! Help solve our growing garbage problem by reducing, reusing, recycling and rethinking about what you buy. You may even save money in the process! Subscribe to Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
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REDUCE, reuse, recycle—in that order! Waste reduction is the best method of waste management because it actually prevents the generation of waste, saving natural and financial resources. Learn how LESS is more at getLESStoday.com!
When you avoid making garbage in the first place, you don't have to worry about disposing of waste or recycling it later. Changing your habits is the key — think about ways you can reduce your waste when you shop, work and play.
ReUSE Minnesota is a non-profit trade association focused on bringing visibility to the reuse, rental and repair sector through networking, publicity and events. They are the voice of reuse in Minnesota, working towards building a strong reuse economy that benefits communities and the environment.
Reuse & Donation Guide
Do you have items in good condition that you no longer use? Instead of throwing them in the trash, consider reusing, donating or selling your items. Check out our guide to charities, non-profits and consignment stores.
Reuse & Donation Guide (pdf)
Minnesota Materials Exchange Program
The Materials Exchange program is a free service that links businesses that have reusable goods they no longer need with those who can use them. This reuse network helps prevent usable materials from becoming waste and saves your company money. The exchange program is used primarily by commercial services, nonprofits, and manufacturing.
Minnesota Materials Exchange
A to Z Recycling & Disposal Guide
Quickly find out what to do with unwanted electronics, appliances, furniture, medicine and more!
A to Z Disposal Guide | 651.633.EASY (3279) - answered 24/7
Going Green Guide
Everyday we make choices about how to dispose of the things we no longer need. Many common household items are hazardous and can threaten our health and the environment if thrown in the trash or poured down the drain. Other items can be reused or recycled. This guide will help you make smart recycling and disposal decisions.
Going Green Guide (pdf)
Recycling at Home
Cities in Ramsey County are required to provide residents with access to recycling. Contact your recycling service provider, building manager or city recycling coordinator for more information.
You may also drop-off your recyclables at a free public recycling center:
Veolia Disposal Solutions | 309 Como Ave, St. Paul | 651.487.8546
Recycling at Work
BizRecycling at lesstrash.com provides free resources and assistance to Ramsey and Washington County businesses that want to learn more about recycling opportunities for paper, bottles, cans, food and other organic waste. The goal is to promote job growth and protect the environment by helping schools, restaurants, healthcare facilities and other local businesses recycle more.
Tried recycling in the past but couldn’t make it happen? Minnesota Waste Wise, under contract with Ramsey County, can lend a hand and make it work! Through site visits, telephone calls or emails, participating businesses will receive the technical assistance needed to start or enhance their recycling program. Don't be left out - this offer is available for a limited time only. For more information,
Ramsey County wants to make it easy to recycle wherever you go. We've added recycling bins to all our county parks, ice arenas, golf courses, libraries and other county buildings. If you don't see a recycling bin, just ask. Every bottle counts!
Green Your Meetings
Meetings may not seem like a threat to the environment, but their impacts can add up. Planning ahead is key! Disposable coffee cups, excess paper, and even refreshment selections can have an effect on the environment. From staff meetings to conferences, learn how you can go greener at your next meeting.
Green Your Meetings (pdf)
Greening Up Your Parties
Parties and family gatherings are a joyous time, but often these festivities create lots of extra waste. Change the way you celebrate special occasions for a cleaner environment.
Greening Up Your Parties (pdf)
Your go-to-guide for waste & recycling in the Twin Cities.
Rethink What You Buy
Recycling is a great start to protecting the environment, but we should also purchase goods made from recycled materials. For information on recycled products:
Minnesota Recycled Products Directory | Consumer Recycled Products Guide | Green Seal