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K-State Recycling

Recycling Center

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.


K-State Recycling Lends a Helping Hand

Cloud County Recycling CenterThe following note was recently received from the Cloud County Recycling Center. (It has been edited for grammar and spelling.) “The Cloud County Recycling Center in Concordia KS has a backlog of hard-back books we have received from local residents, libraries, and schools over the past several years. We have been trying to sell them for a while now with no luck. We received an email from KOR on K-State recycling stating what they accepted. We contacted Bill Spiegel with our problem of not being able to move the books.  Bill told us he would see what he could do to help. Within a few days, Bill had made arrangements for us to sell our load of books and within a week they were gone.  THANK YOU, BILL!!!!” 


Recycling Center organizes recycling effort for 131 mattresses

By Bill Spiegel

men loading 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 131 mattresses.

Through 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. 

Read more about what the university's Recycling Center can do.




K-State Recycling sponsored a float in the Mayor's Holiday Parade held on December 1st, 2107 in Manhattan. The float was built by Kelly and Mark Whitehair and Dianne and Bill Spiegel.


KSU Recycling Float


Greeks support Recycling Program at Kansas State University

By Bill SpiegelGreeks Recycle

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

K-State Recycling Briefing

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!

Bill Spiegel
Project Manager


Recycling Center releases 2017 move-out data

By Willim Spiegel

The K-State Recycling Center, working with Housing and Dining Services, had an outstanding move-out recycling campaign for 2017. With great coordination throughout housing and many hours planning and implementing, it shows K-Staters are making a difference.

Below are the results from 2014-2017. Thanks to all, we are making a difference.

Move-out data 2014201520162017
Clothes/bedding 3977969361,241
Recycle material1,21009,5608,389
Refuse total59,50056,86042,44042,100
Diversion rate3.72 percent1.61 percent20.49 percent21.95 percent

Recycling Highlights

 Recycling fun

Students try their luck with plastic water bottles instead of the traditional sand bags. Great challenges!

Super Bowl LII Will Be The First Zero-Waste Big Game

"The NFL, PepsiCo and other players are teaming up to deliver the first ever Super Bowl zero waste stadium legacy project. Now we’re challenging you to recycle more and intercept waste at your Super Bowl parties, and year round." Check out more at: https://www.rush2recycle.com/

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.


Greeks Recycle

Greeks recycle (Click for video)


 Recyclemania logo

RecycleMania is an annual, friendly competition and benchmarking tool for college and university recycling programs to promote waste reduction activities to their campus communities. Be ready for the next competition that runs from February 2nd - March 31st, 2018.


 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.