What We Do

Through Ramsey/Washington Recycling & Energy (R&E), Ramsey and Washington counties strive to protect health and the environment and meet the state’s 75% recycling goal. R&E views the waste stream as a resource stream and works to recover maximum value from discarded materials.


Deconstruction Grants
Deconstruction is taking apart a building so materials can be reused. Get a grant to support your project.
Business Pollution Prevention
Learn how the Business Pollution Prevention Program can help your business transition to modern, high-efficiency equipment.
Be a Battery Hero!
Keep batteries out of the trash and recycling, where they can cause fires.
Food Scraps Pick Up
Learn about plans to collect food scraps from residents at their homes. Program rollout 2022-2023.
Apartment Recycling
The popular BizRecycling program has expanded to include multi-unit residential properties. See how grant funds can support recycling improvements at your property.
Support for Projects
Using Compost
Get financial and technical support for projects using compost.
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In 2020, The R&E Center:

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Processed 401,100 tons of trash

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Recovered 14,000
tons of metal for recycling

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Produced enough fuel to power 12,500 homes for a year

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Reduced CO2 emissions by 98,482 tons - equivalent to taking 21,276 cars off the road a year