Recycling FAQs

The recycling business is very dynamic, and changes occur often. Whether it be in the items we can recycle, or the way we need to handle them, things can change very rapidly, so we encourage you to check the Sustainability web site and this page regularly.

What can I recycle on campus?

How can I recycle batteries or toner cartridges?

What kinds of paper products can I recycle?

What is cardboard?

What is E-Waste?

Can I bring recycling from home?

If I have items to recycle at home, where can I take them in Springfield?

What is the definition of sustainability?

What can I do to be more sustainable?

Who do I contact if I have a recycling-related question?

 

What can I recycle on campus?

Missouri State University recycles a number of campus-generated materials. Some of the more common include: paper, cardboard, plastic, metal, toner/printer cartridges, batteries (all kinds), fluorescent light bulbs, and electronic waste.

How can I recycle batteries, toner cartridges or e-waste?

You can recycle your used printer/toner cartridges, spent batteries and even e-waste through the Academic Recycling program. We will even come pick them up! Just complete a Recycling Pick-Up Request - let us know where your recyclables are located, what kind of recyclables and the amount you have, then sit back and wait for your items to be picked up. It’s that simple!

What kinds of paper products can I recycle?

Acceptable materials for the paper recycling bins include:

White paper Colored paper File folders Paper bags

Magazines Newspapers Phone books Greeting cards

Books Catalogs Shredded paper

If you have a question about a particular item, call us at 6-3108 or 6-8334.

What is cardboard?

Most of the time, what we call "cardboard" is pretty easy to identify- it is that ‘paper sandwich’ material that consists of flat cardboard on the top and bottom, with a wavy "corrugated" or fluted strip running through the center. This material is largely referred to in the recycling industry as Old Corrugated Cardboard (OCC). OCC is most commonly seen as boxes used for packaging and shipping items.It can be any color, but brown is most common.

Our current recycling vendor also classifies Paperboard (flat, pressed, stiff paper used in cereal boxes, for example) as cardboard, and wants this material placed in the bins used for cardboard collection. This can be confusing, as not all recycling programs classify paperboard this way.

So just to clarify: paperboard should be recycled along with cardboard. Please do not place paperboard into the paper recycling bins.

What is e-waste?

Electronic waste, or e-waste, consists of electronic devices such as televisions, computers, computer monitors, printers, cell phones, desk phones, copiers, VCRs, stereo equipment…..well, you get the idea. Essentially anything that contains a circuit board or other electronic controllers. Functional but no-longer-wanted electronic devices should go through the surplus property process through Property Control. Non-functional e-waste can be recycled through Environmental Management; be aware that anything that stores data (computers, printers, copiers) must have all memory devices properly purged prior to disposal. Contact the Computer Services Help Desk at 836-5891 for help with that.

Can I bring recycling from home?

We do not currently have the capability or resources to handle the volume of material associated with home generation. We certainly encourage you to appropriately recycle materials from those items that are brought to and consumed on campus, such as drink containers.

If I have items to recycle at home, where can I take them in Springfield?

The City of Springfield operates several centers where you can recycle a wide variety of materials. They are located at 731 N. Franklin, 3020 S. Lone Pine, and adjacent to the Yard Waste Recycling Center. More information is available at the website: http://www.springfieldmo.gov/2331/Solid-Waste-Management-Recycling

What is the definition of sustainability?

Sustainability encompasses such a wide variety of subjects that it can be difficult to get your arms around a strict definition. Even the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) does not ascribe to a single definition. The classically-referenced United Nations Brundtland Commission’s definition of sustainable development is "development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs." (Go to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brundtland_Commission for additional information). Then there is the three-e model for decision making, which argues that a decision is sustainable when it takes an appropriately balanced view of ecological, economic and equity concerns (see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sustainable_development for more on this). A simple working definition is probably some combination of these two ideas.

What can I do to be more sustainable?

Start small. Switch off lights when you leave the room. Take shorter showers. Carpool. Little changes add up if enough people make them.

Who do I contact if I have a recycling-related question?

Contact the Environmental Management office at:

836-3108,
836-8334, or
EnvironmentalManagment@MissouriState.edu