Morris recycled 100 tons of waste in 2011, generating revenue for the University and keeping waste out of incinerators and landfills.
Recycling is student-run and an important part of our commitment to the environment. In addition, recycling saves Morris significant waste disposal fees, and the recycled materials generate funds for the wages of student workers at the recycling center.
Morris Recycling Guidelines
Cardboard is hauled to the Recycling Center, where it is bailed and hauled to Rock-Tenn for processing.
Plastic is brought 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.
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.
Electronic waste is shipped to the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities campus for processing.
Tin is hauled to the Recycling Center, where it is bagged and delivered to Engebretson Sanitary Landfill & Demolition Landfill for recycling.
Both clear and 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.