The 2017 Ramsey County Plant Sale, hosted by the county's Master Gardeners, will be held on Saturday, May 20 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at "The Barn," which is located at 2020 White Bear Avenue in Maplewood. The sale features hundreds of native plants, perennials for sun and shade, tomatoes, herbs, hostas and more – all grown by expert gardeners. You will also find winning plants from the Minnesota seed trials.
Check out this video to make sure that you are doing what you can for placing your new recycling cart so that it can be picked up consistently.
If you don't have an alley, try placing the cart in the middle of your driveway apron to the street so that cars don't park too close to it...
The District 1 Council still has a few of the old blue bins available if you need one or two to tide you over until you receive your new blue, garbage-can-style, rolling and lidded bin from the City. The City will start delivering the new containers the week of November 28th, BUT you will not be able to set these out for your weekly pick up until JANUARY 16. We believe this delay may be due to the fact that different trucks are needed to deal with them AND a new schedule for delivery will be set up. So check back here...
If you can't get a temporary blue bin to use until January 16, you can set recycling out at the curb in paper bags or in any container that is LESS THAN 18 GALLONS...
Once we start with the new containers in January, you can keep your old bins and reuse them for some other purpose (they are easy to clean and a convenient size for storing and carrying things), or there will be information about how to recycle them coming later. YOU CANNOT RECYCLE THEM AT THE CURB OR IN THE NEW CONTAINERS. There will be drop off sites selected, including at our office.
ALSO - District 1 has free kitchen composting kits for people. If you have a backyard compost pile, or you want to collect kitchen scraps to take to the County composting sites, we can provide you with a free starter kit for collecting this material. Call 651-578-7600 to make sure we are here when you want to pick one up.
Water utility staff will take the time to present general information about the quality of our drinking water along with information on lead services still in our water system that can affect drinking water quality.
Staff will be at the Dayton’s Bluff recreation center multipurpose room from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. on November 30.
There are up to 28,000 homes in the SPRWS service area that have private lead service lines delivering water from the water main in the street into the home. Of those, about 14,000 have lead service lines in the street. Lead service lines stopped being installed in 1927, with the exception of a few years during World War II.
These lead service lines can be a cause of concern. It is possible that they can increase the amount of exposure to lead in drinking water.
We treat the water to reduce that exposure by adjusting alkalinity and pH levels. This treatment reduces the chance that lead will leach into the water. It has been effective, as we are compliance with the lead and copper rule from the Environmental Protection Agency and the Safe Drinking Water Act.
Even so, there can be individual homes with lead service lines that have higher levels of lead in drinking water than might be desirable.
If you are concerned, what can you do?
For those homes that have lead service lines, SPRWS does everything we can to reduce your exposure to lead in drinking water. If we work together, we can reduce that exposure even further.
Join us at the Merriam Park library from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on November 16 or from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. on November 30 at the Dayton’s Bluff recreation center multipurpose room to find out more.
On December 31, 2015, the Ramsey/Washington Recycling & Energy Board, formally known as the Ramsey/Washington County Resource Recovery Board, took a significant step towards improving the environment and achieving their common vision of increasing recycling and gaining the most value out of trash by purchasing the Resource Recovery Technologies Facility. The facility, now named the Recycling & Energy Center (R&E Center), shreds waste to create fuel for energy.
Owning the R&E Center opens the door for continued and new environmentally friendly waste management opportunities, including managing trash as a resource. To help reach Minnesota’s goal of 75% recycling by 2030, the R&E Board plans on investing in a sophisticated, new sorting mechanism at the R&E Center, called mixed-waste processing. This system allows for food waste and high-value recyclables to be sorted out of the trash received at the R&E Center. The organic waste would then be available for anaerobic digestion or composting, creating biofuels and compost. If implemented, mixed-waste processing will create new jobs at the facility.
An important next step in the future of resource management in the East Metro is the completion of a waste designation plan. Under the law the counties can direct trash to be delivered to a processing facility. The counties are preparing a designation plan to be submitted for state approval. Updates about this process can be found by visitingwww.morevaluelesstrash.com.
(Reprinted from Green Ramsey newsletter...)
There will be more details later about just what we collected, but on a very hot day we saw a total of 581 loads of materials come through and be sorted and disposed of. This was an increase of over 130 loads from last year.
Thanks to Brueggers Bagels at SunRay, and Little Oven Restaurant for their generous donations towards feeding our volunteers.
And speaking of volunteers, our Senior Pick Up Crew is the best in the city, helping out over 40 households who would not otherwise have been able to participate. And we had help from YMG (Young Mentors Group), the D1 Youth Council, Boys Totem Town, the Garden of Feed'em, and District 1 board members past and present, as well as people from across the city. MANY THANKS TO ALL!!
As a note for thinking about what you take to the organics recycling area (in District 1, this is on Winthrop at the Compost Site - Winthrop and Londin Lane...) here are some tips from Ramsey County Environmental Services....Freezer and refrigerator boxes are not accepted for organics collection. These boxes generally contain coatings and/or plastic liners, which prevent them from fully breaking down during the composting process. Check with your recycling hauler about acceptance with curbside recycling. You should put freezer boxes in your trash bin and refrigerated boxes in your recycling bin. Questions? Call 651-633-EASY (3279) or email AskEH@co.ramsey.mn.us.
A list of materials accepted and not accepted for organics collection can be found on the County website.
Compost Bins for Sale, $20 off!
Ramsey County residents can get a compost bin for $39, which is $20 off the already reduced price of $59. There is still one sale remaining for Ramsey County residents. Go to RecycleMinnesota.org and order yours today. Pick up is June 11 in Saint Paul.
Tree Trust, a community forestry nonprofit, is celebrating 40 years of existence with film, food and local brew on Thursday, April 28th. Below is more information on what this celebration event is about and how to get tickets:
Please consider attending the screening of the highly anticipated film, Trees in Trouble on April 28th at Lake Monster Brewing, St. Paul (Cretin and I-94 area) and the SPNN studios. This film focuses on the devastation caused by EAB (Emerald Ash Borer) in Ohio. The film will air at 6 and 7:15 PM, and will be followed by audience discussion moderated by Tree Trust’s Community Forestry Director, Karen Zumach, and a panel of stakeholders telling the story of EAB including: Cy Kosel from the City of St. Paul, Mark Abrahamson from the Dept. of Agriculture, and Mike Dye, Assistant District Manager, S&S Tree and Horticultural Specialists. Also invited are Rep. Rick Hansen, author of HF 2408-the EAB funding bill and Gary Johnson, University of Minnesota Dept. of Forest Resources. Cost to attend is just $20 and tickets are available at:http://treetrust.org/keep-in-touch/events/.
You can recycle food scraps and soiled paper at a Ramsey County yard waste site – for free! Pick-up a free starter kit at one of our yard waste sites (except Arden Hills). Just ask a site monitor. The kit includes step-by-step instructions, reminder magnets, and compostable bags, as well as a small caddy to collect food scraps. You can also participate in our loyalty program to earn a free t-shirt. Learn more atRamseyRecycles.com and get started today!
Betsy Leach is the Executive Director of the District 1 Community Council. Volunteers and other community members may also contribute posts on occasion.