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Hennepin, Ramsey and Washington counties collaborate in areas of waste and energy management, including legislation and policy development, communication and outreach, planning and evaluation of waste processing and other selected programs. They do this through a joint powers agreement between Hennepin County and Ramsey/Washington Recycling & Energy (R&E) – the resulting entity is called the Partnership on Waste and Energy.
The partnership is led by a governing board comprised of a commissioner from each county. Hennepin County appoints a commissioner, while the chair and vice chair of the R&E Board represent Ramsey and Washington counties.
Each county provides policy staff support.
R&E is the administrative agent for the partnership, providing staff support for administrative activities, finance, procurement and communications.
The Governing Board approves an annual legislative platform on waste and energy issues and engages in advancing that platform.