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MSU recycles cans, plastics, paper, cardboard, e-waste, pallets, and steel, as well as composting food scraps

Below are some benefits of recycling various materials

  • Cans - Recycling an aluminum can use 95% less energy than making an aluminum can from virgin material
  • Plastics - This oil-based material can take up to 1,000 years to break down and recycling 1 ton of plastic saves about 685 gallons of oil
  • Paper - Manufacturing recycled paper uses only 60% of the energy needed to produce paper from fresh pulp and reduces the number of trees needed to produce paper
  • Cardboard - Recycling 1 ton of cardboard saves over 9 cubic yards of landfill space
  • E-waste - Recycling e-waste helps reduce mining of natural resources and reduces harmful materials such as lead, cadmium, and mercury in the environment
  • Food Waste - By composting food waste rather than taking it to the landfill, greenhouse gas emissions from the landfill are reduced and we get a great finished product that can be used on campus

Collection Services

Recycling Stations: Cans, plastic, paper, and cardboard are collected by student employees on a weekly basis from recycling stations located in most campus buildings and residence halls. The pick-up schedule generally changes each semester to accommodate student employee class schedules

Recycling DumpsterSeveral large, well-marked dumpsters for Office Paper and Cardboard are provided for "self-serve" use in convenient outdoor locations around campus. MSU 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

Paper Shredding: Need to shred paper? There is not a place on campus to shred large amounts of paper, but Tear It Up LLC is a local company that can do that for you. To check out their pricing and service options, just click on the link above. If you shred your own paper, please bag it (preferably with a clear bag)

Events: Please see our Events Recycling page for details about recycling services at various sporting events and concerts

Dining Halls: Recycling and Food Waste is collected from the dining halls and food service operations on campus

Packing Peanuts: Copy Cats will sometimes take packaging materials if space allows. Other off campus shipping stores also accept packaging materials 

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 off of College are not part of the MSU Recycling program. This is a public drop-off location provided by Gallatin County. Go to Recycling FAQ for more information.