What can be recycled?

The bulk of recyclable materials generated at K-State is mixed paper, cardboard, newspapers, and magazines. K-State recycles many other materials. Here is a list of what you can recycle at K-State:

Cardboard
Did you know that K-State recycles more cardboard than any other material? Photo taken at the new K-State Recycling Center.
  • Aluminum cans
  • Mixed paper - white/colored/glossy paper, computer paper, shredded paper, index cards, envelopes (except padded)
  • Cardboard - plus card stock, paperboard, poster board, file folders, corrugated cardboard, paper sacks
  • Glass beverage bottles
  • Magazines
  • Phone books/directories
  • Books, hard-cover and paperbacks
  • Newspaper
  • Plastic containers, #1 through #7
  • Ink Cartridges (from printers, fax machines), collection bins are located in various buildings
  • Wooden pallets
  • E-waste - computers, printers, screens, keyboards, CDs, DVDs, and most portable media*
  • Specialty Waste - batteries, aerosol cans, lightbulbs, transparencies**

 *Call Facilities at 532-6446 or email them at recycles@ksu.edu and schedule a pick-up, or bring your e-waste to the Recycling Center. For departmental e-hardware you will need to fill out a Disposition of Property Form.

** You can arrange for a pick-up with the Department of Environmental Health and Saftey (EH&S)- it takes 30 seconds tops at: http://www.k-state.edu/safety/environmental/hazardous-waste/, or call EH&S at 532-5856. Small batteries may be mailed to EH&S at 108 Edwards Hall via campus mail.

K-State Does Not Recycle:

Adhesives, Binders, Carbon Paper, Paper Towels, Cling Wrap, Food Wrappers, Styrofoam Cups.

Fun Facts

When you recycle 1 glass bottle, you save the amount of energy needed to light a 100 watt bulb for 4 hours.

It takes 2 plastic soft drink bottles to make enough polyester fiber for a baseball cap.

How long does it take for things to break down? Well, tin takes 100 years, aluminum takes 500 years and glass takes a million years.