About us

The Ramsey/Washington Recycling & Energy Board (R&E Board) is a joint powers board, formed by Ramsey and Washington Counties, to provide solid waste (trash) services to residents, businesses and institutions in both counties. Combined, the two counties have 785,000 residents, with 407,000 people employed within the two counties.

With a partnership of over 20 years, Ramsey and Washington Counties made a bold pivot in thinking about waste and recognized the inherent value in the materials that are put in the trash, viewing these items as local assets. The economic and environmental value of these assets can be realized only through a complete system that seeks to recover that value. This resulted in the 2016 purchase of the Ramsey/Washington Recycling & Energy Center (R&E Center) from Resource Recovery Technologies.

In owning the facility, and requiring all garbage produced in Ramsey and Washington Counties be brought to it, the resources can be handled to better recover the value that lie within the trash, anchored by the R&E Center. In fulfilling this vision, the East Metro area will maximize the recovery of resources, divert as much as possible from landfills, and meet and the State’s 75% recycling goal.

R&E operates several programs on behalf of both counties including BizRecyclinga program to help businesses start, expand, improve, and manage business recycling, including organics collection.

Project Board Members (2018)  

Victoria Reinhardt, Chair.............................Ramsey County Commissioner
Fran Miron, Vice Chair.................................Washington County Commissioner
Toni Carter........................................................Ramsey County Commissioner
Blake Huffman................................................Ramsey County Commissioner
Gary Kriesel......................................................Washington County Commissioner

Jack Lavold.......................................................Washington County Commissioner
Mary Jo McGuire ...........................................Ramsey County Commissioner
Rafael Ortega...................................................Ramsey County Commissioner

Lisa Weik ......................................................Washington County Commissioner
Stan Karwoski (alternate)...........................Washington County Commissioner
Janice Rettman (alternate).........................Ramsey County Commissioner