The Morris campus has dedicated an entire building to house a successful student-run recycling program. In 2011, the campus recycled over 200,000 pounds of aluminum, tin, plastic, glass, and electronics waste as well as cardboard, glossy paper, office paper, and news printing. These recycling efforts create employment opportunities for students at the Morris campus.
Recycling makes “cents”
Recycling is a gain for the environment and the pocketbook. Waste disposal costs the Morris campus more than $1,000 per month before the waste contractor ever sets foot on campus. The campus is charged an additional $241 per ton after waste has been weighed. When items are recycled, the campus avoids this charge and realizes income from aluminum, corrugated cardboard, plastic, and office ledger. The income helps to employ two to four students in the Recycling Center.
Morris campus recycling guidelines
Here is list of what the Morris campus recycles and recycling guidelines.
Cardboard is hauled to the Recycling Center where it is bailed in to large bails and later hauled to Rock-Tenn for processing.
Plastic is moved to the Recycling Center where it is bailed and hauled to Quality Check Plastics.
Aluminum cans are bagged and delivered to the Stevens County Developmental Achievement Center (DAC) where they are processed.
Where do they go?
Electronic waste is shipped to the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities campus for processing.
Which kinds of electronics are accepted at the Morris campus?
Anything with a circuit board or electronic components is accepted. Major appliances should be recycled as scrap metal (with all the plastic removed). Please contact the Recycling Center at 320-589-6493 with any questions and/or to request a pick up.
Tin is hauled to the Recycling Center where it is bagged and delivered to Engebretson Sanitary Landfill & Demolition Landfill for recycling.
Both clear & colored glass is recycled on the Morris campus. Glass is moved to the Recycling Center where it is hand sorted by color. The glass is later crushed and delivered to Engebretson Sanitary Landfill & Demolition Landfill for recycling.
Paper is brought to the Recycling Center for sorting. Paper is sorted into one of the following categories: ledger, glossy, newsprint, or deep colors, and stored in large cages. Books are sent over to a large shear to have their spines removed and the paper pages are recycled as ledger.
The Recycling Center also provides a confidential shredding service to Morris campus departments. Please contact the Recycling Center at 320-589-6493 with any questions and/or to request a pick up.
Organics for Composting
Compostable items include all leftover food, coffee grounds and tea bags, food-soiled paper and cardboard (napkins, paper wrappers, paper cups and plates, wooden stir sticks) and any items which are certified compostable, such as spud ware. Look for the logo below. If there is not an organics container available, all of these items must be put in the trash. Currently, all organics generated in Dining Services, the Green Prairie Residence Hall, and special events such as the Welcome Picnic and Homecoming are processed on campus using a windrow composting method. The result, a nutrient-rich soil amendment, is used for landscaping and gardening projects on campus.