MSU Goes Green While Making Green

By: Tiffany Teasley Email
By: Tiffany Teasley Email

It's no doubt the greenest building on campus.

"This facility is going to allow us to increase our through put , three or four times," said Ruth Daoust, Manager of the MSU Surplus Store and Recycling Center.

The increase will expand the recycling collection in more than 500 buildings on campus, thanks to the new MSU Surplus Store and Recycling Center, a world of difference from the old facility.

"We were working out of a 10,000 square foot facility where everything was pretty much done by hand," Daoust said.

But the new 74,000 square foot center that opened Thursday will reduce waste to landfills by nearly 30 percent by 2015, which isn't just a savings to the environment.

"Removing yards or tons from the landfill which in turn is going to save the institution over $100,000 per year these next few years," Daoust said.

Bales of recycled material will be processed at the center and then sold off to vendors -- in turn making some green for the university as well.

"We will be able to sell this product, because it's a good product, and we will look for the highest bidder, the highest price we can get for Michigan State University," Daoust said.

The Surplus Store can also process and store more materials. MSU President Lou Anna K. Simon says it creates a culture of recycling responsibility for students.

"Anybody who comes to the campus can see how that works and see that it's not an onerous task to worry about recycling," Simon said.

A message that's making students rethink and recycle.

"By instead diverting that waste to being recycled and being reused, it is extremely important to our future," said MSU student Ashley Hale.

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