Plastic #1 PET or PETE

PET Recycling

Plastic #1, Polyethylene Terephthalate (PET/PETE) is a clear plastic found in most disposable drink bottles, food jars, and microwavable food trays. Plastic containers that once contained food waste must be rinsed clean before recycling (if it cannot be rinsed, it cannot be recycled with our program).


Reuse Options

MSU Departments can send reusable PET bottles 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, 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 Plastic #1 (PET/PETE)

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 “Plastic.”

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

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, the item is sold through the Surplus Store. When recycled, items made from plastic #1 (PET/PETE) are sorted and baled at the MSU Recycling Center before they are shipped to a third-party materials processor. The bales of PET/PETE are then cleaned, shredded, and melted as they are turned into plastic pellets which will be used in manufacturing new plastic products. Most PET/PETE items can be recycled into new PET/PETE materials.