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Spartan Upcycle

upcycle-logo.pngSpartan Upcycle is the creative reuse branch of the Michigan State University Surplus Store & Recycling Center (SSRC). Through Spartan Upcycle, we seek to reduce waste by inspiring and promoting creativity, resource conservation and community engagement through art, education and imagination. 

Spartan Upcycle offers educational workshops, hosts events, and sells materials, supplies and upcycled or reclaimed products through the MSU Surplus Store. Materials and items used in workshops and for sale are collected through SSRC’s campus recycling and Surplus operations, department partnerships, the public Recycling Drop-Off Center, and the MSU Community Reuse program. 

Spartan Upcycle supports SSRC’s mission to manage waste as a resource through an integrated system of reuse, recycling, collaboration and education.

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Upcoming Events

Spartan Upcycle Fridays

  • Nearly every Friday between 12 and 6 p.m.
  • Drop in at the Broad Art Lab and "go green" with creative reuse.
  • Projects vary month-to-month. 

Spartan Upcycle x Art Lab Residency: Megan Heeres Opening

  • Friday Oct. 15, 2021 from 6-8 p.m.
  • Join us in celebration of the inaugural Spartan Upcycle x Art Lab Residency, resulting in a solo exhibition by Detroit artist Megan Heeres.
  • Heeres considers how we take care of our spaces and each other, both ecologically and on a personal level through her papermaking and sculptural-based practice. This residency and exhibition is the result of the inaugural collaboration between the MSU Broad Art Lab and Spartan Upcycle, the creative reuse branch of the MSU Surplus Store & Recycling Center. Heere’s installation will be primarily composed of raw materials received by the campus recycling center, landscaping, and other items that would otherwise end up in landfills.
  • The artist, curator, and staff from the MSU Surplus Store & Recycling Center will be in the gallery to answer questions and engage in conversation about this project. Learn more about this upcoming exhibition here. Registration for this free event is required. Register here. (RSVP on Facebook)
  • Held at the Art Lab, located directly across the street from the museum at 565 E Grand River Ave., East Lansing, MI 48823. 



  • View the online offerings from Spartan Upcycle. (Follow the Surplus Store Facebook page for updates about in-person shopping.)
  • Items for sale include materials and supplies for use in various projects and upcycled/reclaimed goods that have been repaired, repurposed or otherwise had value added to them. 
  • The materials and supplies we sell may be used in various arts and crafts as well as home decorating or minor home improvement projects.
  • While our inventory varies depending on what SSRC collects through our operations, Spartan Upcycle regularly stocks materials and supplies related to:
    • collage, decoupage, assemblage
    • scrapbooking, cardmaking
    • sewing, knitting, fiber arts
    • clothes mending and upcycling
    • furniture repair and upcycling
    • woodworking, metalsmithing
    • zero waste living (jars, canisters, etc. for bulk shopping; fabric for making reusable alternatives to single-use products; repurposed and second-hand items, etc.)


Programming & Partnerships

Broad Art Lab Collaboration 

Residential College in Arts and Humanities

  • Methods in the Arts: Painting on the Edge -- Taught by Steve Baibak, students in this class examine the relationships between paint and the 3-dimensional surface. Supplies for the fabric painting project are provided by Spartan Upcycle.
  • Reclamation Studio -- Taught by Steve Baibak, students in this class explore materials from a unique perspective that encourages the creator to work with available materials. This class often visits the MSU Surplus Store & Recycling Center for a tour and opportunity to select previously discarded materials to work with.