Household Metal

Metal Recycling

All common types of household metals including steel, tin, aluminum, and more. Any metal containers that contain food waste must be rinsed clean before the item can be recycled (if it cannot be rinsed, it cannot be recycled with our program). Aluminum foil (tinfoil), bottle caps, and jar lids are all acceptable items. However, aerosol cans and any metal with loose fluids ARE NOT acceptable.


Reuse Options

MSU Departments can send lightly used metal items that are in good physical condition through campus mail to the Surplus Store. If you have more items than would fit in a paper box, or if you are interested in sending a large amount of scrap metal to our facility, please submit a Pick Up Request Form (PURF). Students, faculty, staff and the general public can drop items off at the Surplus Store during regular business hours.


Where to Recycle Metal

Interior Recycling Stations
Place items in the container labeled “Plastic/Metal.” For large office clean-outs submit a service request.

Residence Halls
Place items in the container labeled “Plastic/Metal.”

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

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

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

Exterior Recycling Stations
Place items in the container labeled “Plastic/Metal.”


Where Does It Go?

When designated for reuse, metal items and scrap metal are sold through the Surplus Store. When recycled, the metal is consolidated and shipped to a third party material broker for recycling.