Millstream Festival RecyclingThe Reduce, Reuse, Recycling Task Force works to reduce waste generation and increase recycling rates. Learn more.

In 2010-11, the Bottled Water Initiative Task Force developed a new policy banning the sale of plain, bottled water on campus. More information.

The more you know, the harder it is not to recycle. Recycling is about more than the environment. Recycling saves money; it costs more to take away waste than it does to recycle. Recycling creates jobs- over 20,000 people are employed in Minnesota alone. In 2006, the materials recycled were worth $436,000,000 to Minnesota. Recycling saves energy. It takes far less energy to recycle an aluminum can than it does to create a new one, enough to run a TV for three hours. With the energy saved from recycled glass, plastics, and aluminum, Minnesotans saved enough energy to power the cities of Duluth, Rochester, St. Cloud, and the twin cities for a year. Recycling protects our natural resources. Recycling saves trees from being cut, coal and aluminum from being mined, and oil from being used to create plastic bags. We can't recycle plastic bags on campus, but many grocery stores do. Recycling diverts materials from entering the landfill. Landfills can leak leachate into underground water supplies.


A grassroots group environmentally-minded students, faculty, and sisters began the recycling program in 1986. Simplicity has been a hallmark of CSB recycling since its earliest days when the group collected aluminum cans, hauled them to St. Cloud, and used proceeds to fund residence life activities. The program soon encompassed the entire campus and grew to collect additional materials. New bins, purchased by funds raised from recycled materials, were placed to accommodate community needs.


Please take time to familiarize yourself with the recycling guidelines posted in each area. Residence hall receptacles are located near in the Mary commons recycling room (near security), behind Brian Hall, the garage between Lottie and Margretta. The West apartments have a recycling shed between the apartments and Corona hall; East apartment residents can recycle near either parking lot.

Recycling Shift: '2 Sort System'

Learn about the system that only requires separating between Commingled Recycling and Cardboard/Paper from Trash and what can/cannot be recycled at CSB. Learn more about what can be placed in the different bins.

What happens to the recyclable items?

Veolia Environmental Services hauls recyclables to an industrial recycling center. More details to come soon!

Indoor Recycling bins can be found throughout campus!

Watch how recycling cell phones works.