Corrugated Cardboard

Corrugated cardboard is a packaging material with two flat outside edges and a zigzag or lasagna-type layer in the middle. It is usually brown or white. Please remove food waste and excess tape before recycling. Ink and small amounts of grease are okay. Boxboard, wax-coated boxes, and packaging materials are not okay.


Reuse Options

MSU departments can submit a Pick Up Request Form (PURF) to have the Surplus Store pick up large quantities of clean, reusable corrugated boxes. Students, faculty and staff can drop items off at the Surplus Store during regular business hours.


Where to Recycle Corrugated Cardboard

Interior Recycling Stations
Cardboard can be broken down and stacked near a Recycling Station as long as it does not block containers or foot traffic. Larger quantities of corrugated cardboard should be transported to the loading dock area of the building and placed in the larger container that MSU Recycling services. For large office clean-outs submit a service request.

Residence Halls
Cardboard can be broken down and stacked near a Recycling Station as long as it does not block containers or foot traffic. Larger quantities of corrugated cardboard should be transported to the loading dock area of the building and placed in the larger container that MSU Recycling services. For large office clean-outs submit a service request.

Public Drop off Center
Place in the container labeled “Cardboard”.

University Apartments Recycling Stations
Place in the container labeled “Cardboard”.

Athletic Event Recycling Stations
Place all recyclable materials in one of the single stream recycling containers located throughout the event facility.

Exterior Recycling Stations
Not Accepted


Where Does It Go?

When designated for reuse, corrugated cardboard enters the office supply exchange program or is sold through the Surplus Store. When recycled, corrugated cardboard is made into new corrugated cardboard or tissue paper.