Waste Management

Organic/Food Waste Composting

Food scraps are collected from two kitchens on campus. The scraps are collected daily in 5 to 10 gallon buckets three times a week these buckets are collected and weighed. The scraps are then processed in an in-vessel aerobic digester after being mixed with wood chips (which serve as a bulking agent and carbon source for the bacteria that biologically decompose the food scraps). The compost is then used for landscaping projects around campus. This activity eliminates the carbon dioxide that results from this process.

Electronic/Electric-waste

The office of Information Technology at MSU has established a computer life-cycle replacement program to keep all computers for faculty and staff and those in public and teaching computer labs up to date. An inventory of all computers at MSU was compiled and a replacement program plan was created. The goal of the program was to replace the computers in the public and teaching labs and provide all full time faculty and staff members with one primary computer. The program was later expanded to include some computers for part-time employees, students and graduate assistants. The Office of Information Technology does three-year leases on the facilities computers. MSU has agreements with DELL, IBM and Hewlett Packard to send back old computers to the manufacturers so they can be recycled. MSU contracts with a computer and electronics recycling firm to properly handle the retirement of all E-waste that is not leased or returned to the supplier at the end of the life-cycle. In 2007, MSU launched a recycling program in collaboration with “Charitable Emporium.com, Inc.” to recycle all brand name ink toner cartridges.

All the electronic and electrical waste is collected and recycled by Urban Renewal Corp.