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Waste Warriors


The Surplus Store & Recycling Center's (SSRC) Waste Warriors program cultivates waste reduction and the utilization of waste as a resource by training and empowering the MSU community to promote these practices among their peers. Designed to reduce the amount of waste disposed of on campus, the program builds knowledge and leadership by empowering individuals who are passionate about working with others and promoting action to champion goals outlined in the SSRC Strategic Plan.

The Waste Warriors program is the primary education tool supporting the SSRC mission to manage MSU's waste as a resource through an integrated system of reuse, recycling, collaboration, and education. The program seeks to engage with the MSU community to foster waste related behavior change.

Through the Waste Warrior program, we seek to:

  • help the MSU community gain a better understanding of waste and how their behaviors can impact change.
  • Make resources promoting waste prevention, reduction, and reuse at MSU more accessible.
  • Provide the tools and resources so Waste Warriors can communicate effectively to raise awareness, increase understanding, and motivate action.

When you become a Waste Warrior, you will…

  • Be invited to free events, including:
    • Regular virtual forums where you will have the opportunity to discuss important waste/recycling topics with our staff like, can I recycle pizza boxes?
    • Facility tours
    • Building waste sorts
    • Office recycling bin distributions

  • Have the opportunity to participate in collections for hard to recycle materials.
    • Free access to the SSRC “Bucket Club” which accepts organic waste (fruit/vegetable scraps and coffee grounds) from home or work.
    • Help identify opportunities to collect items such as polystyrene and plastic film

  • Gain a better understanding of how to utilize the services SSRC offers.
    • Opt for a Waste Reduction Consultation, in which we’ll tour your
    • Office space and provide suggestions on how you can minimize waste.

  • Be the first to hear about new services.

  • Receive our newsletter that offers tips, information and updates related to managing waste on campus.

  • Have the opportunity to invite SSRC to a staff meeting/event to discuss important waste issues for your building.

By becoming a Waste Warrior, you join a group of like-minded staff and faculty from across campus who each pledge to be part of the solution that will lead MSU down the path to zero waste. Sign up with the form below and please put the your building in the comment section.