Recycling at Murray State University is a two-part process: Your Part and Our Part. More than 11 million pounds of material have been recycled in the past decade due to the successful efforts from the University community including faculty, staff and students. 

Your Part — Source Separation

Source separation means placing aluminum, plastics, white office paper, mixed paper and cardboard in their appropriate containers. Source separation both avoids contamination and streamlines recycling.

Most University buildings have a recycling station with three bins for aluminum, paper and plastics.

Most desks have a blue container for white office paper, red for mixed office paper and a neutral (tan, brown, green, etc.) for trash.

Place broken down boxes beside paper receptacles or dumpsters. If you have numerous boxes, please call the Recycling Line at 270.809.3183 for removal.

Your Part — Make-A-Difference Days and Recycle Saturday

Make-A-Difference Day

The University Recycling Program provides a space quarterly during student breaks at the Roy Stewart Stadium for the Murray City Make-A-Difference Days.

Make-A-Difference Days began in 1996 as an effort to provide the Murray and Calloway County community residents a place to recycle paper, used motor oil, used eyeglasses, aluminum, glass, plastics and food staples.

Recycle Saturday

Recycle Saturday is 8 a.m.–12 p.m. on the first Saturday of every month at the North Farm recycling facility. On these recycling days, community members can bring recyclables, and employees will unload and sort the materials.

The North Farm recycling facility was a collaborative effort between the University, the county and the city, created to receive recyclable materials from all three entities. 

Our Part — Maintenance, distribution, education and promotion

Facilities Management Building Service Technicians (BSTs) collect the separated recyclables into identified bags and carry them to designated areas on campus.

The solid-waste handling crew of the Grounds Division then processes the materials. Recyclable paper is placed in Gaylord bulk storage box. Filled Gaylord boxes are placed on an over-the-road trailer. The solid waste crew also collects and sells aluminum cans to a nearby vendor.

BSTs carry cardboard to outside dumpster areas unless it is raining. The solid-waste handling crew picks up and bails the cardboard at the Recycling Center. When a trailer is completely filled with bailed cardboard, the load is hauled to processors in the region.

BSTs can also collect magazines, telephone books, textbooks and newspapers placed next to recycling containers.

The Office of Environmental Safety and Health is involved with the recycling procedures due to EPA guidelines.

Facilities Finance and Administration personnel receive and submit work orders to initiate action by the Grounds Division staff to fill.

Additional Materials Recycled

Books, textbooks and binders — University Libraries

Murray State receives many books and binders from faculty and students throughout the academic year. Books and binders are also recycled by the university libraries and various departments on campus. The books are offered and delivered to local schools and correctional facilities. The binders have been collected and donated to the Murray Need Line.

Motor oil and filters, batteries (wet), tires, mineral spirits, antifreeze and freon

Transportation Services is responsible for recycling these materials.

Students and staff may deliver used motor oil and batteries (wet) for recycling to the shop behind the Department for Facilities Management Complex, 615 Gilbert Graves Drive, Murray, KY.

 For more information about recycling used motor oil or batteries (wet), please call 270.809.4770 during normal week day hours (7 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.)

Computer monitors, printers, keyboards, cables and CPUs

Inventory Control of Procurement Services is responsible for recycling these materials.

In accordance with EPA guidelines, computer monitors may not be taken to a disposal facility. Therefore, the Grounds Division of Facilities Management works hand-in-hand with Inventory Control to assure that all computer parts are recycled.

Inventory Control will pick up used computers and their accessories. For additional information, please call 270.809.4435 during normal week day hours (8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.).

Toner cartridges

The Center for Teaching, Learning and Technology (CTLT) and Central Receiving of Procurement Services collect and recycle toner cartridges on campus with the assistance of the University Recycling Program.

Please call Central Receiving, at 270.809.6986 during normal week day hours (8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.), and request a pickup of used toner cartridges.

CTLT has supplied Central Receiving with the proper mailing labels and keeps a record of the toner cartridges that are returned to a specific vendor who provides Murray State with technology points for free laptop computers, digital cameras and other technological equipment.

The University Recycling Program continually educates and encourages the faculty and staff to recycle toner cartridges.

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