Energy for Today

Producing local, renewable energy for all of Minnesota

Meet the MRRA

The Minnesota Resource Recovery Association (MRRA) is a private-public membership organization that supports the utilization of today’s waste as a local, renewable, and sustainable source for tomorrow’s energy. Our membership represents 1/3 of Minnesota counties in their solid waste management and recycling needs. Our members play important roles in the protection of the state’s land, air, water, and other natural resources and public health through responsible, affordable, orderly, and uniformly enforced systems of solid waste processing and disposal.

Our Mission

To safely operate resource recovery facilities using state-of-the-art technology-based solutions that are part of integrated solid waste programs that protect the environment, people, and economy.

Our Vision:

To promote a zero-waste society that advocates for reducing waste, sustainably reusing resources and less landfill use.

Our Purpose

To manage our waste today to preserve our natural environment tomorrow.

Our Goals

Goal 1

Make the most of our resources by maximizing their value through safe, equitable and environmentally sound practices.

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Goal 2

Support and collaborate with organizations and communities benefiting from using a fully-integrated resource recovery system.

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Goal 3

Work to reduce Minnesota’s greenhouse gas emissions.

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Goal 4

Leave a legacy by eliminating the need for our association.

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In Other Words...

“Resource recovery and waste-to-energy are globally recognized but under-represented solutions to environmental problems in the United States and the state of Minnesota. MRRA is the only state organization that brings our industry together to learn from each other and advocate as a single voice to the public and our legislators. The only way to visualize long-term stability and growth in our industry in Minnesota is through MRRA.”

-- Chris McConn, P.E., Executive Director, Prairie Lakes Municipal Solid Waste Authority

MRRA Staff

Kate Bartelt, Executive Director, HDR

Contact MRRA

Please get in touch with any questions or other needs. A member of our board will respond with additional information.

Board Members

Chris McConn – Solid Waste Director, Otter Tail County

Tim Steinbeck – GRE President, Hennepin Energy Recovery Center Services

Nikki Stewart – Senior Environmental Resource Manager, Washington County

Steve Vrchota – Executive Director, Pope Douglas Solid Waste Management

Michael Reed – Environmental Health Supervisor, Ramsey County

Tony Hill – Director of Environmental Resources, Olmsted County

Brian Schmidt – Treasurer – Environmental Analyst, Xcel Energy

Luke Taylor – Member-At-Large, Stantec

Dave McNary – Chair – Assistant Director, Hennepin County Department of Environmental Health

Join MRRA

MRRA members enjoy access to specialized and required training, annual educational workshops, quarterly meetings, facility tours and much more.