All trash collected in Washington County goes to the Ramsey/Washington Recycling & Energy Center in Newport. There, it’s processed to recover metal for recycling and to produce a fuel used by Xcel to generate electricity.
By processing waste instead of landfilling it, the counties:
Protect your groundwater
Reduce greenhouse gas emissions – the equivalent of taking 21,000 cars off the road each year
Generate electricity – fuel produced at the R&E Center allows Xcel to produce enough electricity to power over 12,500 homes each year
Ensure that waste is managed to protect health and the environment