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Recycling Guide: Office and Academic Buildings

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Faculty, staff, students and visitors are asked to recycle materials collected in offices and labs in the centralized hallway recycling stations. Free office collection containers are available to MSU departments.

Office Paper:

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Accepted:

Computer Paper
Letterhead
Notebook Paper (Ink and Staples OK)
White Tablet Paper
Copy Paper (All Colors)
Index Cards
Gift Wrap

Not Accepted:

Laminated paper

Mixed Paper:

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NO FOOD WASTE 

Accepted:

Newspaper and Inserts
Boxboard (Cereal Box, Frozen Food Boxes)
Beverage Boxes
Catalogs
Directories
Magazines
Junk Mail
All Envelopes
Post-it Notes
Ream Wrappers
Cards

NOT ACCEPTED

Laminated Paper

Plastic/Metal:

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NO FOOD WASTE
MUST BE RINSED

Accepted:

#1 & #2 Water Bottles and Jugs
Steel/Tin Cans
Aluminum Foil
Bottle Caps
Jar Lids

NOT ACCEPTED

Styrofoam
Rubber
#3 - #7 Plastic
Plastic Bags
#1 & #2 non bottles & jugs (i.e. take out boxes & clam shells are NOT accepted)

Additional Materials Accepted in Specialized Locations

See the Waste Warriors program for more information about collecting these materials in your office or laboratory. 

Compost:

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Accepted:

Fruits
Vegetables
Coffee Grounds & Filters
Tea Bags
Paper Plates, Paper Napkins and Paper Towels

Not Accepted:

Meat, Poultry, Fish
Dairy
Fast Food
Processed Foods
Greasy Food Scraps
Compostable Plastics (Bags, Plates, Utensils, Cups)
Sparty's, Bigby and Starbucks Coffee Cups
Wrappers

Glass:

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Accepted:

All Colors of Bottles and Jars
(Labels Do Not Need to be Removed)

Not Accepted:

Metal Lids (Recycle with Metal)
Pyrex
Tempered Glass (Window Panes)
Laboratory Glass
Bags

Polystyrene (Styrofoam):

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NO FOOD WASTE
MUST BE RINSED

Accepted:

Molded Packaging Foam
Bulk Packaging Foam
Cups
Containers
Egg Cartons
Single-Layer Meat Trays
Foam Food Trays

NOT ACCEPTED

Flame Retardant Material
Packaging Peanuts (Can be Bagged and Sent to the Surplus Store for Reuse)