Recycling

Recycling is a great way to combat the growing demand for natural resources. Recycling helps conserve our natural resources and reduces the number of materials entering landfills. Furthermore, using recycled materials in manufacturing consumes less energy and reduces pollution.

About Recycling

State law requires municipalities to ensure that residents have access to an opportunity to recycle. The City of Ramsey accomplishes this through a contract with ACE Solid Waste for the curbside collection of residentially generated recyclables. Each household is charged $3.98 monthly for recycling, billed quarterly along with the City’s other utilities.

Acceptable Materials

Four broad categories of materials are collected through the curbside recycling program, including paper, glass bottles and jars, plastic bottles and containers (keep lids on), and metal/tin/aluminum cans. View a complete list of acceptable materials and preparation (PDF). Please empty and rinse items before placing them in the recycling cart.

Collection

Recyclable materials are collected on alternate Mondays for each half of the City. The City is currently divided into east and west sections along Sunfish Lake Boulevard and Nowthen Boulevard. View a map of the City (PDF). Recycling bins must be placed by the street before 6:30 a.m. on the scheduled collection day.

ACE Solid Waste Customer Convenience Center (Drop-Off Option for Small Quantities)

Ramsey community members can access a Customer Convenience Center (CCC) where small quantities of recyclable materials can be dropped off at no charge. The CCC is located at ACE Solid Waste's Transfer Facility, accessed from 141st Avenue, just west of Basalt Street. It is not accessible from McKinley Street. Please see the map for instructions on how to access this site safely. The CCC is available 24 hours per day, seven days a week; however, due to the high volume of truck traffic entering ACE's Transfer Facility, residents are strongly recommended to access the CCC in the evening (after business hours) or on weekends. Recyclable materials should be prepared in the same fashion as if they were placed in the recycling cart.

The CCC also has four carts available for organics recycling. If you recycle organics here, please follow all guidelines outlined on the City's organics recycling webpage.

Both the recycling dumpster and the organics carts are clearly labeled. Please make sure that you place the materials in the proper receptacle. Absolutely no trash is accepted at the CCC. If you have extra trash that does not fit in your garbage cart, please contact your garbage hauler for options; do not bring it to the CCC.

Events

The City of Ramsey also sponsors two recycling day events. They are typically held on the first Saturday in May and the last Saturday in September. Details on the Spring/Fall Recycling events can be found here. These events allow residents to properly dispose of items not generally accepted through the curbside recycling program.

Recycle Holiday Lights

Holiday lights can be recycled at Ramsey City Hall anytime during regular business hours, Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m.  Bins will be available to collect these items during December and January. This is a great way to help reduce the amount of waste going to landfills by capturing more material to be recycled into new products, and it’s all done at no cost to you! Note that only the strands of holiday lights will be accepted. Any ‘framing’ (frequently, plastic framing is used to form stars, snowmen, etc.) that the lights may be mounted on must be removed and disposed of in the garbage. If you have any questions about holiday waste, contact Senior Planner Chris Anderson at 763-433-9817 or canderson@cityoframsey.com.