Green Living: Ideas and Innovation in Anoka County PDF Print Email

Did you know the Anoka County area is home to several “green” initiatives?  From innovative recycling efforts in one city, to a unique business that recycles old latex paint, this 42 minute feature program will take you behind the scenes of several “green” initiatives that you may not have heard about in the north metro area.

Information on the stories we featured in Green Living:

Coon Rapids Recycling Center

1811 111th Avenue
Coon Rapids, MN 55433


Open Wednesday and Saturday

9 am – 3 pm

Open to Coon Rapids residents only.  The center accepts any plastics numbered 1-7, along with vegetable oil, styrofoam, foil pouches from juice boxes, cookie wrappers, cans, cardboard and more.

AVEDA Corporation

4000 Pheasant Ridge Drive
Blaine, MN 55449


9 am – 6 pm

The company collects plastic rigid caps from water bottles, milk jugs and more.  The caps can be dropped off at AVEDA directly during business hours.  The company then recycles the caps to make new plastic caps for their hair care products.  For more information:

Anoka County Household Hazardous Waste Facility

3230 101st Avenue NE
Blaine, MN 55449


April - October
Wednesday: 2 - 8 pm
Friday & Saturday: 9 am - 3 pm
Closed Independence Day

November - March
Wednesday: 2 - 8 pm
Saturday: 9 am - 3 pm
Closed New Year's Day and Christmas.

The facility is free of charge for Anoka County residents and is open year round.  The facility will dispose of your household hazardous waste products.  Items that can be dropped off here include: Aerosol cans that have contents remaining, antifreeze, driveway sealer, gasoline and other fuels, mercury, paint (liquid only), paint stripper, paint thinner, pesticides, used motor oil, used oil filters, varnish, wood preservatives, and other household products that are corrosive, flammable, combustible or poisonous.

For more information:

AMAZON Environmental, Inc.

7180 West Commerce Circle
Fridley, MN 55432


Retail store: 7 am – 3 pm

Amazon recycles old latex paint that comes from the Household Hazardous Waste Facilities throughout the metro area.  The company recycles the old paint into new latex paint.  The paint comes in 12 colors.  It can be purchased at the company headquarters in Fridley or at ACE hardware stores. For more information:

Roger’s Auto Body

13530 Hanson Blvd. NW
Andover, MN  55304


The first auto body painting company in Anoka County to use Dupont water based paint.  The paint is made up of 70% water, 10% organic solvents, and 20% pigment.

Lino Lakes, MN

High Density Polyethylene manhole adjusting rings


The company produces plastic rings made especially for the manhole industry.  The product is used by cities and counties around the world to maintain sewer systems.

Connexus Energy

14601 Ramsey Blvd.
Ramsey, MN 55303


Connexus Energy is conducting an Energy Wise Pilot Program involving 125 households in Andover.  This pilot program will help the company understand customer behavior and energy conservation techniques as it relates to electricity use.  For more energy saving ideas in your own home, check out

Anoka Technical College

1355 West Highway 10
Anoka, MN 55303


The college is offering a new LEED certification program for dislocated workers and Anoka Tech students.  The initiative was made possible thanks to a grant from the Governor’s Workforce Development Council.  For more information, check out

Coon Rapids Home for Generations Program

“Green” Remodeling Demonstration
537 – 109th Avenue
Coon Rapids, MN 55448

The City of Coon Rapids is remodeling this home with the help of Lennox Builders.  The home will feature several “green” ideas including:

Marmoleum countertops and floors (material made from flax seed)
Recycled paint on the walls
Energy efficient windows and appliances
Several re-use principles including items purchased from a re-use store
Solar panels to cut down on energy costs
Earth- friendly landscaping ideas which include native grasses and the collection of rain water

You can walk through the remodeled home coming up on May 22 from Noon to 4 pm.  The City of Coon Rapids also has another Home for Generations property located at 10911 Dogwood Street.  This home features a remodeled interior as well as a new front entry.  Both homes will be open for public viewing.

Composting/Rain Barrels

Composting and rain water collection are not new ideas, but ideas that seem to be “taking off.”  You can often find compost bins and rain barrels at big box home and garden stores.  Anoka County also partners with Mickman Brothers Garden Center, to provide compost bins at a reduced cost.

Mickman Brothers Garden Center
14630 Highway 65 NE
Ham Lake, MN 55304


The Recycling Association of Minnesota also holds special events where you can purchase compost bins and rain barrels.  For a complete schedule, check out