There will be no tours offered from December 1, 2017 to January 31, 2018.  If your group is unable to wait until February 2017, please call.  

Thank you for your interest in touring the Recycling & Energy Center (R&E Center) in Newport. To schedule a tour, call 651-266-1199. Preregistration required.

Group Tours (more than 10 people)

A private tour for your group at the Recycling & Energy Center can be scheduled on Tuesday's, when possible. Other days of the week are available with special exception.

  • Day Tours: between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.
  • Evening Tours: between the hours of 5:30 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.

Tour Information

  1. Limited to 30 people per tour.
  2. 1st graders on up.
  3. The tour is 30 - 45 minutes depending on interest and questions.
  4. A cell phone number for the responsible adult on each tour is requested.
  5. Bus reimbursement for school buses only (no charter buses).
  6. Closed toe shoes are required.
  7. Comfortable clothing and pants are recommended.
  8. There is no waiting or play area.
  9. No wheelchair access.
  10. Required to walk up and down two flights of stairs.
  11. To schedule a tour, call 651-266-1199.
  12. Preregistration required.

Presentation Details

  • The on-site presentation is approximately 45 minutes in length and includes:
    • Real-time video feeds of trash being tipped, loaded, sorted and hammered.
    • Presentation on waste hierarchy and importance of waste processing.
    • Time for questions and discussions.
    • For kids - group game lead by the presenter.
  • The tour will take part inside a tour room and the processing equipment control room. Both are located on the second floor of the R&E Center.
  • Adult only tour groups may be permitted to walk on the tip floor and receive a tour of the processing equipment.

Tours are not available:

  • The first Tuesday of each month.
  • Weekends.
  • The following holidays: New Year's Day, Martin Luther King Day, President's Day, Memorial Day, July 4th, Labor Day, Veteran's Day, Thanksgiving Day and the Friday following, and Christmas Day.