Recycle Map

This Recycling Centers at and Near Macalester College map shows places where you can recycle all types of materials around Macalester.  The map was updated in 2016 and was created by the 2014-2015 EcoHouse residents Kayla Walsh ’16, Kaelyn Lemon ’16 and Kyoko Sakai ’16.

Recycling on Campus

Macalester Waste collection currently utilizes a single stream recycling program. Use the Sustainability Office Waste Sort Guide above to help you sort your waste correctly.

Recyclemania Competition

Recyclemania is a nationwide friendly inter-university competition that records the amount of recycling and trash collected by participating schools each week over an 8 week period. The schools are then ranked in various categories based on who recycles the most on per-capita basis, as well as which school have the best recycling rate as a percentage of total waste. 

Macalester has participated over the past several years, excelling in a number of categories. Here are Macalester’s past rankings:

Year Grand Champion/Diversion Rank
2013 125
2014 104
2015 6  
2016 9
2017 10
2018 4

WOW, that’s a big jump! That is because campus wide compost was introduced during the 2014-15 fiscal year. Let’s try and do even better this year!

During the competition, the Sustainability Office organizes several events related to Zero Waste for the campus.