Food Waste

Food waste consists of any edible food materials that are not eaten prior to disposal. Food waste can be divided into two categories: pre-consumer and post-consumer. The former is any food waste collected during the food preparation process while the latter consists of any food which has been prepared but was not eaten.

Reuse Options

At this time, food waste is only accepted from MSU Departments. The only food items accepted for reuse are unopened nonperishable items (such as canned goods) and excess edible produce harvested from local MSU farms. MSU Departments wishing to dispose of reusable food items should submit a Pick Up Request Form (PURF).

Where to Recycle Food Waste

At this time, food waste recycling is only available for select MSU Dinning Halls. Food waste recycling containers are serviced on a regular basis by MSU recycling staff.

Interior Recycling Stations

Not Accepted

Residence Halls

Only select residence hall dinning facilities have food waste recycling collection. This service is not available to students within the residence halls.

Public Drop off Center

Not Accepted

University Apartments Recycling Stations

Not Accepted

Athletic Event Recycling Stations

Not Accepted

Exterior Recycling Stations

Not Accepted

Where Does It Go?

When designated for reuse, items are sold through the MSU Surplus Store. When recycled, food waste is either taken to the MSU Digester or the Student Organic Farm to be composted.