MSU Recycling

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MSU Recycling is a student-funded program of the Associated Students of Montana State University with additional support from MSU Administration.  It was created in 2008 by student leaders responding to the need for an integrated recycling program at MSU and the desire to reduce the University’s environmental footprint.

As of November 2014, MSU has diverted 2,351,377 pounds of valuable material from our local landfill. 

What We Recycle


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Aluminum and steel cans. Empty all liquid and rinse if needed.            

 NO Foil.

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Plastic containers types #1-7. Empty all liquid, rinse if needed, and crush large bottles.

 NO Styrofoam, utensils, or plastic bags.

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All newsprint plus phone books, magazines, catalogs and similar publication. 

 NO napkins or paper plates with food residue.

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Mixed white and color office paper including, cardstock, mail, and posters. Staples and paper clips are OK.

NO neon, orange, or goldenrod paper.

NO napkins or paper plates with food residue.  

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 Corrugated Cardboard. Please flatten boxes and take outside to a designated dumpster. Can include chipboard (thin cereal box type cardboard), and brown packaging paper.

 NO paper style milk cartons, NO styrofoam, NO greasy pizza boxes.


E-waste with Safety Risk and Management recycles batteries, light bulbs, electronics, computers and printers.  Please contact Shay Halverson at 994-5678 or

ITC takes printer cartridges.


Collection Services

Recycling Stations: Cans, Plastic, Office Paper, and Newspaper (Mixed Paper) are collected by student employees on a weekly basis from the MSU Office of Sustainability recycling stations located in most campus buildings and residence halls. The pick-up schedule generally changes each semester to accommodate employee class schedules. Current Pick Up Schedule

Recycling Dumpsters: Several large well-marked dumpsters for Office Paper and Cardboard are provided for "self serve" use in convenient outdoor locations around campus. MSU Office of Sustainability owns these receptacles and contracts with Full Circle Recycling to service them. Cardboard is picked up multiple times per week, office paper is picked up about once every 3 weeks, as needed.

Events: Please see our Events Recycling page for details about recycling services at athletic and other special events.

Special Pick-ups: If you are planning an office clean-out or have other large volume recycling needs, please use the nearest recycling dumpster or contact our office to arrange an extra pick up. Please do not use the indoor recycling stations for large volume deposits, as this may lead to an overflow between scheduled pickups.

NOTE: The large recycling containers located at the end of Harrison St. (near Langford Hall) and on 13th St. in Family/Grad Housing are not part of the MSU Recycling program. These are public drop-off locations provided by Gallatin County.