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Planning a gathering? Make it green!

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Green Gatherings - is a guide that helps you plan events of all sizes with just the right "shade of green". Resources including planning guides, tips, case studies, helpful links, and more are provided to help you get started with going green at your next event.

A local program for reusable items!



Eureka Recycling has a reuse program called the Twin Cities Free Marketa local website where you can list items to give away or search for free items available in your community. Visit the website today and benefit the environment, save money, and make someone’s day! Funding for Twin Cities Free Market is provided in part by Ramsey County. 

Learn how easy it is to use the Twin Cities Free Market by watching this short video
RC logo.jpg If your items are no longer reusable, search the 
A to Z Recycling & Disposal Guide for information on how to recycle and/or properly dispose them.

For donation and consignment opportunities, see the Reuse and Donation Guide   A guide to charities, non-profits, consignment stores, thrift stores and antique shops in Ramsey County.

Recycling & Disposal Hotline
651-633-EASY (3279)
Answered 24/7

Tips to reduce your paper waste:


Think before you print or copy – Have you ever printed a more leisurely document just to realize later that only two words are on the last page and you didn’t really need those two words on a separate sheet of paper? Avoid that by previewing the document before printing. If you really need those two words, see if you can reduce the font size (consider using space-efficient font like Times New Roman), expand the margins or do without the last page.

Don’t forget to adjust your print settings to print on both side and always, print only the pages you absolutely need.

And once you have that printed sheet you no longer need, don’t throw it in the trash. Recycle it! And if your office doesn’t currently have a paper recycling program, start one!

Getting a pile of junk in your mail? Avoid it! 

Households can now significantly reduce their unwanted mail by taking the following simple steps:

** Reduce your advertising mail through from the Direct Marketing Association. 
This service now costs $1 to register, and the process has moved entirely online. Get started today!

DMA also offers assistance in opting out of unwanted email solicitations. For more information, visit:

** The nation’s major consumer credit bureaus – Equifax, Experian, Innovis and Trans Union – established a toll-free number to get off lists for pre-approved credit card solicitations.  The recording will ask for your social security number, full name, address and telephone numbers. 

The service allows you to opt out for two years or permanently.  You can "opt back in" at any time by calling the same number.

** Contact individual mailers to be removed from distribution lists.  Not all companies use national systems. For instance, you can opt out of the Valpak Mailings

** If you make a purchase through a catalog, remember to note on the form you do not want the company to “rent, sell or share” your personal information.  

Any unwanted paper mail you DO receive can be recycled!  There is no need to remove windows from envelopes, staples or paperclips.

The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency has more information and resources to reduce the “hail of unwanted mail” at

 Opt out and/or recycle your phone books!


Recycle your old phone books after the new phone books arrive at your home and/or business.

Residents can recycle phone books with all other recyclable paper products such as newspapers, magazines, junk mail, and cardboard. Don't include the plastic bag the phone book comes in.  Plastic bags need to be taken to grocery stores for recycling. 

Businesses wanting to recycle their phone books should check with their recycling hauler for collection options, or check with companies such as Rock-Tenn in Saint Paul or International Paper in New Brighton to set up a collection system. 

You can even choose to opt out! Visit: Don't trash the today!
Conservation Minnesota and Minnesota’s largest phone book publishers are working together by providing an easy to use website with yellow pages opt out procedures and local recycling options.
To opt out of directories published by other companies, visit 

Get creative with gift wrapping ideas:

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Most curbside recycling programs do not accept wrapping paper for recycling because manufacturers can’t use it to make new paper. This includes tissue paper, glittered or painted paper, foil paper, and metallic papers. While some regular gift wrap may be recyclable, it gets mixed up with paper that manufacturers can’t use, as well as all those pretty bows and ribbons.

Avoid big piles of wasted paper this holiday season. Download these gift wrapping ideas to not only conserve paper and other resources, but save money, too!

Trying to find a way to get rid of unwanted holiday cards?
Recycle them:

 Holiday Card.jpg St. Jude’s Ranch for Children has a Recycled Card Program you can send your card donations to: 
           St. Jude’s Ranch for Children
           Recycled Card Program
           100 St. Jude’s Street
           Boulder City, NV 89005

For more information, visit St. Jude's Ranch for Children's Recycled Cards Program
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