Published: Sept. 8, 2009

MSU Surplus Store and Recycling Center grand opening set for Sept. 10

Contact(s): Tom Oswald Communications and Brand Strategy, Jennifer Battle Infrastructure Planning and Facilities office: (517) 884-0714

EAST LANSING, Mich. — Michigan State University celebrates the opening of its new Surplus Store and Recycling Center in a grand opening celebration set for Thursday, Sept. 10.
The ceremony begins at 9 a.m., at the new facility located on MSU’s campus off Service Road, just east of the T.B. Simon Power Plant.

Featured speakers include MSU President Lou Anna K. Simon; Melanie Foster, vice chairperson of the MSU Board of Trustees; Ruth Daoust, manager of the MSU Surplus Store and Recycling Center; and Ashley Hale, MSU undergraduate student. Tours of the center will be available following the program.

The $13 million facility will accommodate three times the amount of materials as the current MSU recycling facility off Harrison Road. A comprehensive recycling program, coupled with the facility, will allow the university to expand recycling collection in 553 buildings on campus. The five target materials are white paper, mixed office paper, newspaper, cardboard and plastics.

“The facility emphasizes the reuse and recycling functions that are critical to keeping waste out of the landfill,” said Ruth Daoust, manager of the facility.

The 74,000-square-foot center will house the MSU Surplus Store; recycling operations, offices and education center; storage areas for compost and metal scrap; a truck scale and space for roll-off and semi-trailer storage containers.

The facility has been submitted for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design silver certification.

While the center is being constructed to help the university reduce, reuse and recycle, the building construction itself incorporates several “green” features.

An MSU alumnus who owns a glass recycling company has donated a recycled green glass table to be used in the center’s conference room and a counter top in the Education Center.

Additionally, concrete around the building includes recycled green glass within the mix, replacing 15 percent of the original cement. This substitution strengthens the concrete and allows for a more energy-efficient production process.

Other green features include:

  • Rainwater collection tanks on the roof of the building that will provide water for toilets, urinals and power washers.
  • Rooftop solar array panels that will produce 10 percent of the electricity for the building.
  • Broad use of day lighting throughout the facility through large numbers of windows.
  • Motion sensors to control lights within high-traffic areas.
  • Low-flow fixtures in restrooms.
  • Recycled green-glass counter tops.

To find the Surplus Store and Recycling Center, from Harrison Road, take Service Road to Recycling Road east of the T.B. Simon Power Plant. Volunteers will guide travelers to parking.

To learn more about MSU’s recycling initiatives and programs, visit


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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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