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Vendor Opportunities

Labor Consultant RFQ

Ramsey/Washington Recycling & Energy (R&E) is seeking a consultant to assist with employer-employee relations and with meeting and conferring in good faith with representatives of employee organizations. Currently 53 union-represented employees work at the R&E Center, a waste-processing facility located in Newport, Minnesota. The number of union-represented employees is expected to grow in coming years. During 2021, R&E plans to negotiate a new, three-year agreement with the union and is seeking assistance in this process.

Key dates:

  • Request for quotes released: March 29, 2021
  • Deadline for proposal submissions: April 19, 2021, 2:00 p.m. CST
  • Anticipated contract effective date: May 2021

Labor Consultant RFQ


Food Scrap-Derived Compost and Delivery RFQ

Ramsey/Washington Recycling & Energy (R&E) would like to purchase and distribute bulk amounts of compost in Ramsey and Washington counties to raise awareness of the value of compost that is made from food scraps while growing the demand for its use in agricultural, landscaping and construction projects. R&E will provide compost to priority users to complete demonstration projects that will highlight the benefits of using compost. Projects may include community gardens, urban farming, residential gardens, public construction and earthwork projects, and commercial landscaping projects.

R&E is seeking a vendor that can supply high quality compost that was derived primarily from food scraps. Preferred vendor would be able to supply both small and large orders that could total to around 1,000 cubic yards in 2021. R&E may coordinate the logistics of deliveries internally but would favor a vendor with delivery capabilities for Ramsey and Washington counties. Ramsey County Public Works will serve as the primary delivery site for activities in 2021, but direct deliveries to individual sites in Ramsey County may be requested.

Key dates:

  • Request for proposals released: March 22, 2021
  • Deadline for submissions: April 12, 2021, 2:00 p.m. Central Time
  • Anticipated contract effective date: May 2021

Food Scrap-Derived Compost and Delivery RFQ


Durable Compostable Bag Manufacturer RFP

Durable compostable bags (DCBs) will be an integral part of R&E’s source-separated organics collection program. DCBs will be used by residents and businesses to collect organic waste. DCBs will be co-collected with trash and sorted from the trash after collection. DCBs will be used to collect organic waste such as food waste and food-soiled paper, but not yard waste.

DCBs must have adequate strength and durability to withstand co-collection and hauling with typical mixed municipal solid waste. DCBs must be comprised of material that is capable of undergoing biological decomposition in an aerobic environment and be certified as compostable by the Biodegradable Products Institute (BPI).

RFP Schedule:

  • Request for proposals released – Tuesday, February 9, 2021
  • Pre-proposal conference – Tuesday, March 2, 2021, 1:00-3:00 CST, recording available here, slide deck available here
  • Deadline for proposal submissions – Tuesday, April 6, 2021, 2:00 pm CST
  • Contract negotiations and final award – Anticipated June 2021

Durable Compostable Bag (DCB) Manufacturer RFP

Attachment D – DCB Questionnaire

Attachment E – Price Worksheet

DCB Manufacturer RFP Addendum 1

DCB Manufacturer RFP Addendum 2


Building Addition Bid Project

Seeking bids for new 24,000 square foot building addition and associated sitework for adding sorting capacity at waste processing facility. Includes excavation, concrete building foundations, floors, push walls, pre-engineered metal building, pre-cast concrete mezzanine, OH and man doors, electrical, sprinkler and mechanical. Includes bringing electrical service. Electrical distribution to process equipment is by others.

More information here. If link doesn’t work, click here and enter access key eed8cf0d8b4f172

Proposals due February 16, 2021 at 2:00 PM. Multiple pre-bid conferences are scheduled – see Section 00 11 13. The pre-bid conference is mandatory for work scopes 231A, 22A and 26A.


Processing Equipment RFP

R&E has issued a RFP for DCB and/or Recyclables Recovery System Processing Equipment. Proposals are due Friday, March 12, 2021 no later than 2:00 p.m. CST. A mandatory pre-proposal conference will occur, via WebEx, on January 20, 2021 at 2:00 p.m. CST. Please email to register for the pre-proposal conference.

  • Addendum 1 was posted January 26, 2021
  • Addendum 2 was posted February 3, 2021
  • Addendum 3 was posted February 5, 2021
  • Addendum 4 was posted February 15, 2021


End-Use Markets for Waste Byproducts RFP

Ramsey/Washington Recycling & Energy (R&E) has issued an RFP for end-use markets for products from the Recycling & Energy Center. R&E is seeking processing solutions including gasification, anaerobic digestion, and chemical recycling. R&E is seeking vendors that can recover value from the following feedstocks:

  • Refuse-derived fuel
  • Source-separated organics in durable compostable bags
  • Organic-rich materials recovered from MSW

R&E has released an RFP to find qualified vendors to accept and use one, two, or all three of these feedstock materials. R&E may enter into agreements with more than one vendor. Key dates:

  • September 17, 2020, 1:00 CST – Pre-proposal conference Presentation Deck | Attendee List
  • October 21, 2020, 4:00 CST – Deadline for questions from vendors (updated)
  • December 4, 2020, 4:00 CST – Deadline for phase I proposal submissions

If unforeseen delays are experienced in delivery of proposals, documentation of tracking info indicating delivery by December 4 will be accepted with proposals that are received late.

This RFP is phase one of a two-phase RFP.