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K-State Recycling

Game Day
Gameday Recycling crew at the K-State Recycling Center sorting bottles and cans after a home fooball game.

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.

One Stop Drop - Going Single-Stream in 2013

In the spring of 2013, K-State is implemented a single-stream recycling system to facilitate recycling on campus. This resulted in a huge improvement of the recycling   rate on campus as people do not have to sort their recyclables into various bins anymore.

Waste vs Recycling - Where are We?

recycling stats 2012/2013


Since 2009, K-State participates in the national RecycleMania competition. K-State placed 138/256 in 2014, with a recycling rate of 27.36% over the 8-week competition period. For comparison, the winner, Antioch University, Seattle, posted a recycling rate of 93.1%. Go to the RecycleMania page for more information and results.

Recycling Highlights

Check it out!

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

K-State placed 93/232 participating universities and colleges with a recycling rate of 36.074%, an increase of 8.714% compared to last years competition.

Check out our RecyleMania results

Free E-Waste Collection Event

The event on March 28, 2015 generated 23,180 lbs of unwanted electronics. No university or business electronics were accepted.


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.