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4R Program - Reuse, Recycle and Renovate for Reinvestment Program
Ramsey County is required by Minnesota state statutes to hold, manage and sell tax-forfeited properties on behalf of the state in a manner that enables the highest and best use of those properties. In addition, state and county solid waste management policy includes a preference that waste products be recycled instead of landfilled whenever possible. As a way to address both responsibilities, Ramsey County established the Reuse, Recycle and Renovate for Reinvestment Program - the 4R Program for short - in April 2010.
Its mission is two-fold:
- Promote productive reuse of old building materials from deconstructed buildings in order to keep those materials out of landfills, thereby minimizing the effect on our natural resources and environment.
- Renovate dilapidated structures back to being appealing, taxable properties with an emphasis on using sustainable building practices and incorporating sustainable components in each renovation project.
Through this mission, the 4R Program reduces the county's eco-footprint and promotes livelier, healthier neighborhoods.