Information for Students
Recycling During Move-In
Whether you are moving into an on or off campus living space, please don't forget to keep your recyclables, like your cardboard and Styrofoam, separate from your trash during move-in! There are blue recycling tanks located near the dumpsters at almost every campus building. Students living on campus should recycle their cardboard at the tank nearest to their residence hall, and students living off campus may bring their recycling to any campus recycling tank! There are Styrofoam collection bins on the first floor of every residence hall (check the kitchenettes or lobby) and off campus students can bring their styrofoam directly to the Isabella County Recycling Center (located on River Rd - www.isabellacounty.org/recycles)
Living On Campus
Each apartment should have an individual recycling bin that the residents may keep inside to collect their recycling, and on Fridays, they should place the bin outside at their doorstep. Mid-Michigan Industries will be collecting the recycling every Friday between noon and 4pm.
If you do not have a recycling bin and would like one, please contact your apartment supervisor
How to prepare your recyclables for MMI:
- Cardboard should be broken down
- Mixed paper should be bagged
- Plastic bottles and jugs, aluminum, and glass (clear and brown only) should be loose
- Newspaper, magazines, catalogues should be loose
Other recyclables - if you have any of these items, please call 774-6547 so the recycling coordinators may come pick them up.
- Ink cartridges
- Hard cover books
Each floor has recycling receptacles in their kitchenettes, study rooms or lobbies for cardboard, comingled containers, paper, and newspaper/magazines. Students may either take the recycling from their rooms to the receptacles on their floor, or they may take their recycling straight to the blue recycling tank outside near the dumpster (each door on the tank is labeled with what material should go where). Separation is important in either case because the county recycling center, where our material is processed, does not have a way to separate materials as meticulously as we can by hand.
Miscellaneous recyclables can be deposited in the blue bin at the front desk of each residence hall. These items include:
- Small electronics
- Ink Cartridges
- Hard cover books
- Cell phones
Each hall has a styrofoam recycling receptacle on the first floor of their building. Ask your RA or MA if you need help finding it.
Living Off Campus
Students living in apartments or houses off campus can bring their recycling directly to CMU and deposit it in one of the recycle tanks located near dumpsters all across campuses. To prepare material properly:
- Plastic bottles and jugs, glass (clear and brown only), and aluminum should be placed in a plastic bag together
- Newspapers, magazines, soft cover books, etc should be loose
- Cardboard should be broken down and loose
- Mixed paper should be in a plastic bag
- PLEASE PLACE THE MATERIAL IN THE PROPER SECTION OF THE RECYCLE TANK! Each door on all tanks is labeled with what material goes where!
For disposal of miscellaneous recyclables, call 774-6547 and ask the recycling coordinators what to do!
If bringing your recyclables to campus is inconvenient, contact the Isabella County Recycling Center at (989) 773-9631 and ask about curbside pick up services - they may be available for your residence!
Don't throw perfectly useful items in the dumpster!
Live on campus?
- In your residence hall lobby, there are boxes set up to collect tons of various items that you don't want anymore! From half-used laundry detergent to hangers, they will collect it all and give it to people in need!
- If you want to get rid of furniture or bigger items, there is a project called The Big Move that is organized by students on campus where they will come pick up the item from you for free, and they will donate it directly to people in need! Contact the Student Environmental Alliance for more information - firstname.lastname@example.org
Live off campus?
- There is a project called The Big Move that is organized by students on campus where they will come pick up the unwanted items from you for free, and they will donate them directly to people in need! They take everything from canned food to couches! Contact the Student Environmental Alliance for more information - email@example.com
Miss out on those opportunities? Contact some local collection agencies to donate!
- Red Cross Soup Kitchen (773-3615) accepts non-perishable foods in boxes or bags
- Isabella County Soup Kitchen (772-7392) accepts non-perishable foods
- Goodwill Industries (774-4884) accepts all types of clothing in any condition and furniture
- Salvation Army (772-7991) accepts all types of clothing and furniture
Student Environmental Alliance
More information about the Student Environmental Alliance at CMU can be found on their Facebook Group Page.