The Ramsey/Washington Recycling & Energy Board (R&E Board) strives to get the most value out of trash by working to increase recycling and recovery of energy. The R&E Board is the forum where Ramsey and Washington Counties have cooperatively outlined a vision for improving the environment and local economy by getting the most value from trash, and taking action to achieve the vision. The BizRecycling program, launched by the R&E Board in 2013, is taking bold steps in increase source separation of recyclables and food waste from businesses and institutions, with free consultation and over $1 million in grants each year. The R&E Board owns and operates the Recycling & Energy Center, a manufacturing plant that handles over 440,000 tons per year of trash, and recovers tens of thousands of tons of metal for recycling, and produces fuel used to generate electricity by Xcel Energy.