A large variety of recyclable material is routinely picked up by MSU Residential Life workers and processed as part of our Integrated Waste Management Systems (IWMS). Two main types of mobile collection bins are used - one for fiber products (all paper, newspapers, cardboard), and a separate one for commingled containers (pop cans, tin cans, plastic, and glass bottles). Recycling containers are provided in or near your residence community.
Used "Ink Jet" computer printer cartridges (brand names Hewlett Packard, Canon, and Lexmark) are recyclable. Apple product recycling is not yet available. Collection sites include the Computer Store, Building Services, and the Residence Halls. You can help recycle used "Ink Jet" computer printer cartridges by bringing them to any residence community front desk.
Water bottle fillers in the residence halls save over 20,000 plastic bottles each month. Water bottle fillers are located in the lobby of the Crawford, Julia Sears, McElroy and Preska residence communities. You can help eliminate plastic water bottle waste. How many more can YOU save?
All Crawford, Julia Sears, McElroy and Preska residence community floor kitchens and lounges have been updated to include motion activated lights. You can also save energy by: turning off your lights when you leave your room, letting your laptop hibernate, and unplugging your chargers when not in use.
Trash in the Minnesota State University, Mankato residence communities is sorted, processed, and turned into pellets that are burned to created energy for 50,000 homes. Less than 2% of our trash goes to a landfill!