Ramsey and Washington counties are committed to achieving a 75% recycling rate by 2030 and investing resources, effort and time into increasing recycling diversion rates from all areas in the East Metro, including homes, businesses, county buildings and schools.

The Ramsey/Washington County Resource Recovery Project staff presented concepts to the Project Board in April 2015 outlining best practices from other countries and states for increasing recycling and food waste diversion rates. Staff also identified what East Metro communities have been doing to date.  Click here to view the full report.

Guiding our planning process is the information learned from the 2014 Ramsey County residential survey and the 2011 Washington County Survey.  The results show that residents in the East Metro support the current recycling structure, actively recycle and want to do more.

Click the links below to view results from the East Metro resident surveys:

The East Metro has achieved a 51 percent recycling rate through the innovative programs of our counties, municipalities, business and haulers.  Our planning efforts support continued work on source separated recycling collection, business collection efforts and school recycling programs.  Current planning is focused on what more Ramsey and Washington counties can do to increase recycling participation and achieve a 75 percent recycling rate by 2030.

Click here to learn more about exciting recycling programs already underway.