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Member press release – Minnesota facility seeks end-use markets for waste byproducts

Newport, Minnesota, August 2020: Ramsey/Washington Recycling & Energy seeks gasification, anaerobic digestion, chemical recycling and other processing solutions to manage waste byproducts from its 500,000-ton-per-year waste processing facility.

All mixed municipal solid waste (MSW) generated by residents and businesses of Ramsey and Washington counties is delivered to the Ramsey/Washington Recycling & Energy Center (R&E Center) in Newport, Minnesota. Ramsey and Washington counties comprise the eastern portion of the Twin Cities metropolitan area and have a total population of over 800,000.

The R&E Center is owned and operated by Ramsey/Washington Recycling & Energy (R&E) and is a key feature of the region’s waste management system. Currently, the facility produces refuse-derived fuel and recovers recyclable metals from the waste stream. About 464,000 tons of MSW were processed at the center in 2019.

R&E is expanding the center’s ability to recover value from MSW and other waste streams. Over the next two to three years, enhancements at the R&E Center will accommodate source-separated organics and enable the recovery of additional high-value recyclable materials from trash. R&E is seeking vendors that can recover value from the following feedstocks:

  • Refuse-derived fuel
  • Source-separated organics in durable compostable bags
  • Organic-rich materials recovered from MSW

R&E has released an RFP to find qualified vendors to accept and use one, two, or all three of these feedstock materials. Management of the materials may include but is not limited to anaerobic digestion, composting, gasification, pyrolysis, chemical recycling or other processes. R&E may enter into agreements with more than one vendor.

Key dates:

  • September 17, 2020 – Pre-proposal conference
  • October 1, 2020 – Deadline for questions from vendors
  • December 4, 2020, 4:00 CST – Deadline for phase I proposal submissions

This RFP is phase one of a two-phase RFP. For more information, visit

About Ramsey/Washington Recycling & Energy (R&E):
R&E operates through a public joint powers board and is the organization through which Ramsey and Washington counties collaborate to achieve environmental, economic, and social benefits through innovative and responsible waste management. R&E administers, on the behalf of the two counties, programs aimed at preventing waste and increasing source-separation of recyclables, as well as R&E Center operations. The counties have been evaluating and advancing alternate waste management technologies for nearly three decades. R&E’s vision is “vibrant, healthy communities without waste.”

Andrea McKennan
Communications and Outreach Coordinator
Ramsey/Washington Recycling & Energy
Tel: +1 651-266-1158


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