Why does MSU Recycle?

MSU recycles because recycling saves resources, reduces landfill use, reduces pollution/harmful emissions and creates jobs. To date MSU has diverted more than 4,383,326 pounds of material from the Logan Landfill. To put those numbers in perspective, that is about 4,300 bull moose.

MSU's recycles cans, plastics, papercardboard, e-waste, pallets, scrap steel and composts food scraps.

Below are some benefits of recycling various materials:

Cans - Recycling an aluminum can uses 95% less energy than making an aluminum can from virgin material.

Plastics - This oil based material can take up to 1000 years to breakdown and recycling 1 ton of plastic saves about 685 gallons of oil.

Paper - Manufacturing recycled paper uses only 60% of the energy needed to produce paper from fresh pulp and reduces the number of trees needed to produce paper.

Cardboard - Recycling 1 ton of cardboard saves over 9 cubic yards of landfill space.

E-waste - Recycling e-waste helps reduce mining of natural resources and reduces harmful materials such as lead, cadmium and mercury in the environment.

Food Waste - By composting food waste rather than taking it to the landfill, greenhouse gas emissions from the landfill are reduced and we get a great finished product that can be used on campus.