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 staff thanks student volunteers
A 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.
William Spiegel, Director of Recycling