MSUToday
Published: Jan. 14, 2010

MSU Recycling expands material collection

Contact(s): Tom Oswald Media Communications office: (517) 432-0920 cell: (517) 281-7129 Tom.Oswald@cabs.msu.edu, Nancy Aitcheson MSU Physical Plant office: (517) 353-9829 naitcheson@pplant.msu.edu

EAST LANSING, Mich. — Beginning this month, Michigan State University Recycling will add #3 through #7 plastics, household metal (such as tin), and boxboard to its list of material it will collect.

The new materials will be added to the original five materials – white paper, mixed paper, newspaper, cardboard and #1 and #2 plastic – collected campuswide. Household metals will be collected with plastics, while boxboard will be collected with mixed paper. Newspaper, white paper and corrugated cardboard collection bins will stay the same.

The MSU Recycling Drop-off Center also is expanding to include the new materials. The drop-off center is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and is located north of the MSU Surplus Store and Recycling Center.

Faculty, staff and students are encouraged to bring their recyclables from work and home to the drop-off center.

To help organize at-home recyclables, used recycle bins will be sold very inexpensively at the MSU Surplus Store while supplies last.

Materials accepted by MSU Recycling now include white and mixed paper, newspaper, cardboard, boxboard, household metals, and plastics #1 through #7.

MSU Recycling reminds MSU recyclers that contamination of materials is a constant problem. When that happens, an entire load of recyclables often end up in a landfill. To contribute to a successful recycling program, please rinse all containers, remove food waste, and place white-windowed envelopes in the mixed-paper bin.

For more information, visit www.recycle.msu.edu or call the recycling hotline, (517) 355-1723.

The new facility is also open for tours on Tuesdays and Fridays at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. To schedule a tour, call (517) 355-1723.

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An artist's depiction of MSU's new Surplus Store and Recycling Center, a $13 million facility that will greatly enhance MSU's recycling capabilities.

An artist's depiction of MSU's new Surplus Store and Recycling Center, a $13 million facility that will greatly enhance MSU's recycling capabilities.

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