Recycling and Energy Center

R&ECenterAll 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
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