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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!

Discount on Compost Bins Offered
Savings Available to Ramsey County Residents for a Limited Time
Ramsey County residents looking to compost this year can get a discounted bin while supplies last. The Recycling Association of Minnesota is selling compost bins for $55 from now until early June. The first 300 Ramsey County residents to order a bin by late April can buy one for $40.

To receive the discounted price, pre-order online before April 24 at and enter the promo code ramsey. Or call 651-641-4589 and mention that you are a Ramsey County resident. The bins will be available for pickup April 17th in Roseville, April 18th in Maplewood, or April 25th in Saint Paul.

$5,000 and $12,000 Grants Available
The 2015 Community POWER Program is looking for applicants to propose new and innovative ways to educate and engage residents in changing their purchasing, reusing and hazardous waste disposal behaviors to reduce garbage.

  • Non-profit organizations and schools are eligible to apply
  • Deadline to apply: March 27, 2015
  • Apply online at:

To learn more, call 651-222-7227 or email

New Grant Awarded to White Bear Lake
Ramsey County recently awarded the City of White Bear Lake a grant to work on recycling education in White Bear Lake, Vadnais Heights, Little Canada and White Bear Township. Over the next 14 months, a staff person will ensure that effective recycling service is available to all multi-unit homes in the four cities. The grant will also include time for updating recycling information on the city websites, writing articles for the city newsletters, and work on other recycling communications to residents.

Free Gas Can Exchange Starting April 21
Old portable gas cans, like those used to fuel lawnmowers, release vapors that pollute our air. These vapors contribute to ground level ozone and smog, which can cause illness in children and people with respiratory conditions. Switching to a new gas can that has thicker walls and spill-prevention features can reduce pollution by as much as 75 percent.

Starting April 21, Ramsey County will hold a gas can exchange for residents to bring in their old gas cans and receive a new, safer one. Gas cans can be exchanged for free at the household hazardous waste collection site in Saint Paul, while supplies last. There is a limit of one new can per household.

Recycling Increased in 2014
Participation in Ramsey County recycling programs increased in 2014. Last year, 27,264 participants dropped off 706 tons of household hazardous waste. That’s 1,683 more visits and 45 more tons collected than the previous year. In 2014, 53 percent more residents took free products from the county reuse center and over 23 percent more residents recycled unwanted medicines at a Ramsey County drop box.

You can find out what is accepted at county household hazardous waste collection sites, the Product Reuse Center, and medicine collection drop boxes at or by calling 651-633-EASY (3279), which is answered 24/7.

Plant Sale in May
A wide selection of perennials, annuals, vines, herbs, vegetable seedlings and native plants will be available at the Ramsey County Master Gardeners’ annual plant sale. The Master Gardeners will host the plant sale on Saturday, May 16, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at “The Barn “ (the University of Minnesota Extension site), 2020 White Bear Ave, Maplewood, MN 55109. The Barn is located next to the Aldrich Arena.

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