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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.


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


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

National Recycling Day

K-State celebrated America Recycles Day on November 15th

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.



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

Recycle Mania 2017

Check out our RecyleMania results for 2016

 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.