The R&E Center

Screenshot of R&E Center virtual tour

Touring the R&E Center

All trash generated by individuals and businesses in Ramsey and Washington counties is delivered to the R&E Center, where waste is processed to recover recyclables and make fuel for electricity production. Tours highlight how the facility works and how waste is managed in the East Metro as well as how to better reduce, reuse and recycle.  Visit our ‘About the R&E Center’ page for more information.

Important Information to Know
  • Tours are free.
  • Tour duration and focus will be tailored to fit the needs and interests of each group and will be planned based on group type and interests, as well as facility operations and construction. Tours are generally between 1 – 1.5 hours.
  • Tours are capped between 20-35 individuals depending on the group type.
  • Not part of a group? No problem! Individuals are invited to join one of the bi-monthly resident tours.
  • Language interpreters are available on request.
  • Transportation by school bus is eligible for reimbursement for K-12 groups.
  • All visitors should review our Travel, Parking and Safety Information.
  • Some tours may require visitors to complete a waiver. After submitting a tour request, you may be asked to complete a waiver. Please access the R&E Center tour waiver here
Please read the group descriptions below and fill out the appropriate tour request.
  • Community organization
  • Higher Education
  • Youth organization
  • Resident
  • Religious/Faith-Based organization
  • Industry organization
  • Governmental organization
  • Professional Group
  • Public, Private, Charter, and Homeschool groups
  • R&E, Ramsey County or Washington County Staff
  • Pre-scheduled tours, every other month
  • Join a community tour if you are an individual or a group of four or less
  • 20 tour spots are available for each tour
Virtual Tour

Interested in taking a peek inside the Recycling & Energy Center? Take a virtual tour here!

Off-site Presentations

Staff are also available to present at community meetings about what happens at the R&E Center. Contact us at to schedule.