About MRRA

Minnesota Resource Recovery Association members are key to state-wide waste management. Our facilities operate primarily in rural MN counties (Blue Earth, Olmsted, Otter Tail, Polk, Pope, Douglas, Goodhue) as well as the metro counties of Washington and Hennepin. Many member waste to energy (WTE) facilities have significant roles within the counties, either directly or through joint powers agreements. They provide waste management solutions for the counties they operate in and surrounding areas.

Commitment to Community

MRRA is committed to working together to promote zero-waste, advance product stewardship programs, and we pledge to work with legislators and community leaders to advance environmental justice (“EJ”) and address community concerns. Many member counties have aggressive solid waste plans to reduce waste, provide regional solutions, increase recycling rates, and increase equity to staff and patrons. They also play an important role in state-wide goals to reach zero waste.

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Integrated Waste Management System

The waste management hierarchy is defined by state law and illustrated in this graphic...

What Is Waste to Energy?

Resource recovery, or waste to energy (WTE), is the process of generating energy or steam from the processing of...

Path to Zero Waste

Zero waste can be a priority for a county, city or even an organization, but what does it truly mean?

Solid Waste in Minnesota

The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) examines waste management for the entire state...

WTE Statistics and Facts

Minnesota's resource recovery facilities annually process into energy enough garbage to fill...


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