Macalester works with local recycling company, Eureka, to reach our Zero Waste goals.
One of the College’s sustainability goals is achieving Zero Waste by 2020.
Macalester has adopted the definition prescribed by the International Zero Waste Alliance to reach this goal. With their updated definition, Macalester will be considered Zero Waste when we regularly divert 90% of our total waste from a landfill or incinerator.
Facilities Services manages the recycling of household appliances on campus.
Compost all food, tea bags (staple removed) and coffee grounds, as well as used paper products (napkins, tissues, cotton balls, etc.). Additionally, all packaging or wares from all Bon Apetit catering events and retail locations on campus can be composted. You can even compost greasy paper and cardboard, like pizza boxes. More information
Recycle unsoiled paper and cardboard, aluminum, steel, & tin cans, plastics #1,2,4,5,7 (look inside the recycle symbol), glass, even broken glass, and aluminum foil. More Information
|Waste||Waste Type||Drop off location|
|Batteries, Computer||e-waste||ITS Help Desk, Neill Hall 314|
|Batteries, Household||specialized||Campus Center Mail Room, Lower Level|
|Books||specialized||Library, First Floor|
|Cartridges, Ink jet||e-waste||ITS Help Desk, Neill Hall 314|
|Cartridges, Toner||e-waste||ITS Help Desk, Neill Hall 314|
|Electronic waste||e-waste||ITS Help Desk, Neill Hall 314|
|Fluorescent Bulbs, CFL||hazardous||Facilities Services, Lower Level Campus Center|
|Fluorescent Bulbs, tubular||hazardous||Facilities Services|
|Fluorescent Bulbs, broken||hazardous||Contact Facilities Services for cleanup|
|Paper, one-sided||speciality||Onesies collection bins throughout campus|
|Packing Peanuts||re-use||Campus Center Mail Room, Lower Level|
|Plastic film or bags||specialized||Plastic film containers throughout campus|
|Polystyrene||specialized||ITS Help Desk, Neill Hall 314|
There are a variety of non-reusable items that cannot be placed in the Macalester Recycling bins, but which can be responsibly recycled at various locations on and around campus.
Drop off unwanted books at the Library – books that can’t be used on campus will be sent to Better World Books.
Use the Zero Waste Event Guide to plan your next event to make it a Zero Waste event.
The ITS Help Desk, Neill Hall 307, is the primary collection point for electronic waste on campus. Small items such as radios, cell phones, and computer components, can be brought to the e-waste recycling bin located in the Mail Room on the lower level of the Campus Center.
Fluorescent Light Bulbs
Any fluorescent bulb – including compact fluorescent lights (CFLs) – are toxic and state law requires special disposal. A collection bin for CFLs is located on the lower level of the campus center.
A broken fluorescent bulb of any kind is hazardous and dangerous; please contact Facilities Services immediately for safe clean up.
One-sided Office Paper
There are bins around campus where students, staff, and faculty can leave extra paper or paper printed on only one side. This paper is later collected for the onesies recycled notebooks produced at the library. Each first year gets a notebook at the beginning of their journey at Macalester.
Clean and dry plastic bags can be brought to the ITS help desk.
Macalester has a relationship with a local vendor that will recycle our polystyrene waste for free. Drop off your poystyrene with the Help Desk on the third floor of Neill Hall.
Items must be solid pieces and free of tape, glue, cardboard, paper, labels, or any other contaminants. Items not meeting these requirements will not be accepted.
The more flexible polypropylene is not recyclable and must be thrown in as trash.
The Sustainability Office, in collaboration with MCSG, the library, Student Affairs, and ITS, is implementing a program to help balance the competing interests of paper use and sustainability. See the 500 Sheets Balance Program’s FAQ list for more information.
ITS Paper Use
Macalester College Information Technology Services maintains a list of ITS Sustainability Initiatives.
DeWitt Wallace Library Paper Use
At a library, one of the greatest roadblocks to sustainable behavior is the use (or misuse) of paper. It is with this in mind that the library has worked to increase its sustainability in a variety of ways. More Information.
Toss out any chip bags, plastic wrappers, styrofoam (if its not clean #6 styrofoam), and all plastic packaging without the recycling symbol.