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K-State Recycling


The Recycling Program (PDF) started in 1989 and is coordinated through the Division of Facilities. Grants from the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE), Alcoa, Pepsi, Coca Cola, and City/University funds made it possible to purchase recycling equipment, such as trailers, a side-load collection truck, collection bins, carts, and balers to process the material.

In 1998, the K-State Recycling Committee was formed, comprised of faculty, staff, student and Division of Facilities representatives. The committee's goal is to help expand recycling efforts across the campus and by doing so, create a more environmentally friendly campus, minimize the waste stream and decrease waste management costs.

In 2008, the former Wind Erosion Research building was damaged by a tornado and in 2012 became the new K-State Recycling Center.




Recycle Mania 2017


Recycling program wins 2016 Big 12 Conference Gameday Challenge

By Willim Spiegel

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Thanks to your efforts, K-State's recycling program won the Big 12 Conference Gameday Challenge for the 2016 football season.

Results for the conference diversion rate percent:

  • Kansas State University 9/17 Florida Atlantic 16.642 percent.
  • University of Oklahoma Norman Campus 11/12 Baylor 10.641 percent.
  • West Virginia University 10/22 Texas Christian University 3.186 percent. 

This was a great team effort from everyone who attended the football games during the 2016 season. Let's continue these efforts throughout the 2017 school year.

Recycling Highlights

National Recycling Day

K-State celebrated America Recycles Day on November 15th

Benefits of Campus Composting Programs

SAN MARCOS, Texas — As food waste becomes a growing concern on college campuses, colleges and universities across the US are introducing integrated composting programs to collect food waste while educating students about environmental stewardship. A new study shows that campus composting programs can be effective in raising students’ awareness of composting and environmental issues.



RecycleMania is an annual, friendly competition and benchmarking tool for college and university recycling programs to promote waste reduction activities to their campus communities. 

Recycle Mania 2017

Check out our RecyleMania results for 2016

 Do you recycle? iRecycle!

This cool app from Earth911.com shows tons of materials that can be recycled. Enter your zip code and it tells you where to recycle. This app is good for Android and iOS.