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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 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." 

 

 

Greeks striving for green

By William Spiegel

Greek photo

The K-State recycling staff thanks the 48 members of Alpha Gamma Rho and Theta Xi for sorting 3,025 pounds of recyclable material in one and a half hours on Sept. 3, after the Wildcats' victory over the Central Arkansas Bears Sept. 2.

This was a great way to start this season for Kansas State University. Your time and dedication shows a great effort and is very much appreciated by all.

  


 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.

Year

Weight of recycling (tons)

Weight of garbage (tons)

Diversion rate (percent)

2014

3.53

7.7

31.4337

2015

6.23

8.48

42.3521

2016

11.3

14.53

43.7476

2017

7.54

4.5

62.62


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
Books1171391321,576
Food5760310637
Recycle material1,21009,5608,389
     
Total2,30093510,93811,843
     
Refuse total59,50056,86042,44042,100
     
Diversion rate3.72 percent1.61 percent20.49 percent21.95 percent

 


K-State wins Big 12 Recyclemania competition

Recycle Mania Won

Dear K-Staters, 

Kansas State University has dominated the 2017 Big 12 Recyclemania competition. During this year's competition, we have exceeded our recycling goals thanks to you! From February to March we had a diversion rate of 37.334 percent. K-State's recycling increased from 60,919 pounds to a new grand total of 423,271 pounds. We do more than meet the standard, we exceed it.

Thanks to everyone, we all make a difference.

Bill Spiegel
Program Manager

 

 

 

 


 

K-State recycling center thanks campus clean-up volunteers

volunteer pic

A special thanks goes out to the seven members of the Kansas State Black Student Union Freshman Action Team and Mark Whitehair who volunteered three hours of their time on April 2 doing a major area beautification project at the K-State recycling center. 

The group removed old brush, mulch, rebuilt the current limestone walls and placed more than 5.5 tons of donated rock in front of the center.

A job well done and appreciated by all.

Thank you,

Bill Spiegel, program manager


 

Thanks to student volunteers for Fake Patty's Day cleanup

Fake Paddy's Recycling TeamA special thanks goes out to the 39 members of Students for Environmental Action, HandsOn Kansas State, and Ecumenical Campus Ministry for volunteering their time and recycling 819 pounds after Fake Patty's Day. 

For the past five years, members of these organizations have given up their time to support the community in this event. A job well done.

I want to thank the following sponsors who provided food for all volunteers on March 11 and March 12: Jimmy John's, Goodcents Deli Fresh Subs, Pie Five Pizza, and Varsity Donuts.

Thank you,

William Spiegel, Director of Recycling

 

Recycling Highlights

 

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.

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Greeks Recycle

Greeks recycle (Click for video)

 

 

RecycleMania is an annual, friendly competition and benchmarking tool for college and university recycling programs to promote waste reduction activities to their campus communities. Stay tuned for 2018 dates and announcements.

 

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