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Materials that are collected for recycling:

  • Cardboard:  boxes (broken down or not is fine). Small pieces (scrap) should be bagged or placed in a box that can be sealed. Scrap is small enough to fit in the palm of your hand or less than 1 foot in length and width.
  • Non-shredded paper: All paper should be bagged in such a manner as to not rip the bag. The recommended weight limit per bag is 20-30 pounds. If the bag rips, stop loading paper into it and place in a second bag and tie it up. Keep all non-paper materials out of these bags, including shredded paper. All material must be bagged, loose material is not accepted.
  • Shredded paper: Any and all shredded paper must be bagged separately from all other materials. Other materials rip or puncture the bags and the shredded paper falls out of the bag. All material must be bagged, loose material is not accepted.
  • Plastic #1 (PET or PETE): pop, water bottles, peanut butter/jam jars, microwaveable food trays. Please remove all liquid and/or food from these before bagging so as not to allow fermentation. This attracts bees and wasps and these stings hurt and may lead to allergic reactions in those stung. All material must be bagged, loose material is not accepted.
  • Plastic #2 (HDPE): grocery bags, opaque milk, water and juice containers, bleach, detergent and shampoo bottles. As with plastic #1, please remove all liquid from these containers before bagging.  All material must be bagged, loose material is not accepted.
  • Aluminum and tin cans:  please remove all liquid and/or food from these before bagging so as to not attract bees and wasps. All material must be bagged, loose material is not accepted.
  • Electronic scrap (E-scrap): computers and their parts, printers and most electronic items are taken by the recycling center at this time.

Materials that are not collected for recycling:

  • Styrofoam (This includes cups, plates, and takeout food containers.)
  • Foam board.
  • Packing material such as packing peanuts or foam.
  • Glass.
  • Food, food contaminated material.
  • Any non-labeled plastic material such as shrink wrap, plastic wrap or hard plastic pieces.
  • Any plastic material that has a number other than one or two printed on it.
  • Plastic drinking cups such as those from Starbucks or Solo cups.
  • Animal fecal matter, cat litter, dog pee pads, baby diapers.
  • Used napkins, paper towels or toilet paper.
  • Plastic bottles with tobacco spit.
  • Cigarette butts or tobacco chew.
  • Leaves, sticks, dirt, dead or living plants.
  • CRT (cathode ray tube) televisions.
  • Any cloth material.
If you are unsure if any material you have is recycling, throw it away or call the Community Recycling Center at 606-784-1250 to see if the material is something they collect.


Recycling Bins

  • Wooden bins outside most buildings: These are the main collection points for recycling. No loose material other than cardboard. All other material must be bagged according to the list of materials collected for recycling.
  • Blue cans with pyramid lids located outside by trash cans across campus: These are for aluminum cans and plastic bottles only. Please empty all liquids before placing these in the bins. These bins are not for trash. Blue wheelie bins are located near most of the dorms. These are for the students to sort their recyclable material by type. Please refrain from using these as trash bins. Large pieces of cardboard should not be placed in these bins, please use the wooden bins for these.
The only area on campus that doesn’t have access to any outside bins at this time is the Mignon Complex. There is an area behind the garbage dumpster that is being used as the recycle pick-up location. Please place all cardboard in this area and any other materials should be placed in the interior bins in each dorm. The custodians will deal with those materials.

Indoor Bins

There are a few different types of recycling bins located throughout the interiors of the classroom buildings and dorms. These are labeled for the types of materials that are to be placed in each bin. None of these bins are for trash of any kind. Please follow the list of materials collected for recycling and place all trash in the proper trash cans.

Materials for Shredding

The Community Recycling Center offers a shredding service to dispose of confidential Information. Please make a work order through School Dude or contact Facilities Management at 783-2147 to schedule a pick-up. There is a fee of $15 dollars per hour charged for this service. The fee applies only to loads that weigh 200 pounds or more. If the load weighs less than 200 pounds, the fee is not charged. If there are any questions, please contact the Building Service Tech Office at 783-2610.

*If you would like temporary recycling bins for an MSU event, please contact Holly Niehoff at 606-783-2179 or to make a request.