Surplus & Recycling Town Halls
Join us for a Surplus & Recycling Town Hall
The MSU Surplus Store & Recycling Center started hosting virtual Town Halls in June 2020. Hosted on Zoom and streamed live on Facebook, these events give us an opportunity to answer your questions and present on topics of interest. Have a suggestion for an upcoming Town Hall? Contact the Education Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Upcoming Town Halls: Click to Register
April 22, 2021 @ 7 p.m.: Waste Not! Learn How to Conduct a Home Waste Audit
Want to cut back on your waste and track your success? You can! Join MSU Surplus Store & Recycling and the Office of Sustainability for a demonstration and explanation of how to conduct a household waste audit. We'll show you how to get a baseline measurement of your waste, challenge yourself to improve your zero waste habits, and then re-evaluate your waste footprint.
Follow along as we sort through our trash, discuss what we discover, and share our experiences as we strive to “waste not.” Attendees will learn how to conduct their own audit, receive tips to shrink their waste footprint, and hear about the joys and challenges of the journey to zero waste.
Hosted in partnership with the MSU Science Festival. Stay 'til the end for a special treat from the Surplus Store. Register to receive the link to attend via Zoom. > https://bit.ly/ssrc-town-hall-sci-fest
May 27, 2021 @ 7 p.m.: Extended Producer Responsibility - What's their part?
When it comes to recycling and reducing waste, we often hear consumers being told to "do your part." So, what is the part of the producer? What responsibility do they have to the products and packaging they create and sell? We’ll discuss this topic in our May Town Hall, led by guest speaker, Lea Dyga, Spartan class of '21 and former SSRC staff member.
Lea will talk generally on what EPR is, how it is used to incentivize producers to consider the end-of-life of their products and packaging before sending an item to production, and how we can use EPR to shift the physical and/or economic burden of disposal off of consumers. Lea will also share her research into EPR-related policies in the Great Lakes region.
This event will be hosted as a meeting (rather than a webinar) and the audience will be invited to ask questions and share thoughts on the topic. Stay 'til the end for a special treat from the Surplus Store. Register to receive the link to attend via Zoom. > http://bit.ly/ssrc-town-hall-may-2021
Past Town Halls: Click to View Recording
Tune in for a conversation with Matt Flechter, recycling market development specialist with the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE). In a casual live interview, SSRC's manager, Kris Jolley, will talk with Matt about the state of recycling in Michigan. Topics will include EGLE’s goal to triple the recycling rate and the economic impact that would have on the state. An open Q & A session will follow. Stay 'til the end for a special treat from SSRC.
Join us for a conversation on the ins and outs of paper recycling and manufacturing. We will be joined by Jeff Weaver from WestRock, the Michigan company that processes MSU's paper and fiber materials. Jeff will walk us through the recycling process from start to finish, including how the paper is collected, prepared into post-consumer stock, marketed, and used in new product manufacturing.
For most of us, adopting a zero-waste lifestyle is a journey of small changes. Let’s talk about habits that help us walk the walk! You will hear from SSRC staff on what we like to do and you will be invited to share what works for you. This event will be hosted as a Zoom meeting, so during the conversation portion you will have the option to speak and/or turn on your camera.
Upcycled Holiday Cheer, featuring DIY demos by MSU Broad Art Lab Studio Educator, Britta Urness. Find out how you can incorporate upcycling to make your zero waste holiday dreams come true! We'll also share about the Spartan Upcycle Store -- how it came to be and where we see it going.
In this special Town Hall, guest Jill Brown, of Metro Recycling, joins us to discuss brokering our commodities and the impacts of international regulations and COVID-19 on the recycling industry
This reuse-oriented Town Hall focuses on the history of the MSU Surplus Store & current operations, including an overview of online listings, curbside pickup, vehicle sales, auctions and more.
A talk on the ins and outs of recycling your beverage containers -- plastic and glass bottles, metal cans, and cartons. Where do they go? What happens during processing? What do they become? Plus, you'll find out how we keep it local.
In this conversation with MSU Surplus Store & Recycling Center staff, you'll learn what contamination is, why it's bad for recycling streams, and how to recycle right.
With the Drop-Off Center reopening around the corner, we'll talk with you about what safety precautions we're taking and highlight a couple important changes to what items we will be accepting.