Plastic Bags

Currently only clear or translucent plastic bags are accepted for recycling. Thicker plastic bags such as those used for packaging cat litter or salt are not accepted for recycling.

Reuse Options

MSU Departments can send reusable plastic bags through campus mail to the Surplus Store or submit a Pick Up Request Form (PURF) to have the items picked up from their location on campus. Students, faculty, staff and the general public can drop items off at the Surplus Store during regular business hours.

Where to Recycle Plastic Bags

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 in the containers designated for plastic bags.

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, items are sold through the Surplus Store.
When recycled, plastic bags are collected and sorted at the MSU Recycling Center before they are shipped to a third-party material broker to be used in manufacturing new plastic products.