Recycling Center organizes recycling effort for 451 mattresses
The K-State Recycling Center is passionate about recycling and works with K-State departments to ensure old recyclable materials find renewed beginnings. The center recently worked with Housing and Dining Services to recycle 451 mattresses.
Though the center can recycle aluminum cans, paper, cardboard, glass and more, mattresses are a bit more difficult. Nevertheless, the recycling coordinator found an organization in the Greater Kansas City area that agreed to pick up, sanitize and redistribute these mattresses to children in need at no cost to the university. A team from Housing and Dining Services assisted in loading the 451 mattresses in the three-hour process. A job well done!
Recycling 2018 move-out results
We had another great move-out year for recycling. During this time frame, the students recycled more than 1,490 pounds of bedding and clothes. All bedding went to the K-State Veterinary Health Center and the T. Russell Reitz Animal Shelter in Manhattan. We had a 77 percent increase in recycling from 2017 results and a 1 percent decrease in refuse. Thanks to Housing and Dining Services staff, recycling staff and the students, it was a job well done.
Below are the exact numbers:
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Kansas State University is Big 12 champions in 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.
Greeks support Recycling Program at Kansas State University
The K-State recycling staff thanks the 24 members of Beta Sigma Psi and Theta Xi fraternities for sorting 2,325 pounds of recyclable material in less than one hour on Sunday, Nov. 26, after the Wildcats' win over the Iowa State Cyclones Nov. 25.
This is a great tradition to finalize the great season that we both had and to keep the drive moving in the K-State Recycling Program throughout the year. Your time and dedication on Sunday shows a great effort and is very much appreciated by all.
K-State recycling project manager briefs state agencies
Bill Spiegel, K-State Recycling Center project manager, briefed more than 75 members of the Solid Waste Association of North America Oct. 4-5 at the Solid Waste Management Conference and Operator Training Course at the Hilton Garden Inn in Manhattan.
Spiegel spoke on various methods of recycling and reutilization at the university, including the day-to-day recycling of paper, cardboard and related material in the one-stop drop program, electronic waste methods and move-in/move-out programs. Spiegel also discussed the joint venture with Housing and Dining Services and the agronomy department with the reuse of compost and soil into the farm units, and the communication flow between student groups and administration being the foundation for this process.
"We all work together at the university in every way possible to make Kansas State University and the environment a more sustainable place," Spiegel said. "We all make a difference."
K-State students receive an 'A' in recycling
Congratulations students! During fall 2017 move-in, K-Staters recycled 7.54 tons of recyclable material, which comprised of cardboard, paper products, plastic material No. 1-7 and aluminum cans while only 4.5 tons went to the landfill.
In the four years that the Recycling Center has been exercising this effort, this was by far the best year with a more than 62 percent diversion rate for move-in.
With great coordination with students, housing and dining and recycling staff, we all make a difference.
Below is the history of move-in results.
Weight of recycling (tons)
Weight of garbage (tons)
Diversion rate (percent)
Now let's continue this outstanding job throughout the year in our numerous blue recycling bins throughout the university. A job well done!