The U of M recycling program has been nationally recognized for its outstanding efforts in recycling implementation. Throughout the U over 3,800 tons of recyclable materials are processed annually; this is equivalent to 41% of municipal solid waste generated by everyone on campus!

There are over 20,000 color-coded recycling office paper, newspaper, cans & bottles, and trash containers to make recycling convenient across campus.

Our services include:

  • Waste Collection and Disposal
  • Recycling Collection and Processing
  • Confidential Document Collection
  • ReUse Warehouse Redistribution and Sales
  • Debris Collection, Processing and Disposal
  • Office and Building Cleanouts for Recyclables
  • Pallet Collection
  • Infectious Waste Collection
  • Brown Goods (computers and other electronics)

If you have questions about how to recycle specific materials, view the Self-Help Recycling Guide.


Two resolutions recently passed through the University Senate that will help us increase and improve the quality of our recovery streams.

Centralized collection

    • Custodians only service the central quad containers instead of deskside bins
    • Our studies have shown that recovery rates increase to 90% when sorting is put into the hands of the generator

    Compostable Food Vendor Wares

      • Negotiations with third-party food vendors to make all food serviceware compostable to promote diversion of organic materials from the trash stream 


      For service requests, use FM Call Center: 612-624-2900

      Recycling Phone: 612-625-8084

      Recycling Email:

      Recycling Coordinator: Elizabeth Logas-Lindstrom

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