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 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!
Recycling Center releases 2017 move-out data
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.
|Diversion rate||3.72 percent||1.61 percent||20.49 percent||21.95 percent|
K-State wins Big 12 Recyclemania competition
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.
K-State recycling center thanks campus clean-up volunteers
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.
Bill Spiegel, program manager
Thanks to student volunteers for Fake Patty's Day cleanup
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