Recycling & Waste Diversion


The Ram Recycle program recycles more than 2 million pounds of recyclable material every year. In FY16, Colorado State had a recycling rate of 79.5 percent.

Colorado State adopted a single stream recycling system (no more sorting!) in 2008, facilitating recycling on campus.

Colorado State competes in the national recycling competition RecycleMania each spring, competing against more than 600 colleges and universities. CSU has placed in the top 5-10 percent since 2005, and consistently places as the top Colorado university.

Electronics recycling program (E-waste)

CSU’s Surplus Property implemented an Electronics Recycling Program for e-waste and now accepts personal electronics items from faculty, staff, and students for recycling or e-cycling.

E-cycling computers, monitors, cell phones, TVs and other electronics from campus diverts these items or “e-waste” from landfills. Items that contain significant quantities of hazardous materials, such as lead and mercury. Surplus Property and its recycling vendor provide a secure and safe process for responsible, environmentally conscious electronics recycling for small fees for students, staff and faculty.

Solid Waste

The Colorado Association for Recycling, or CAFR, awarded Facilities Management’s Integrated Solid Waste Program the Outstanding Government Recycling/Waste Diversion Program Award.

The Environmental Protection Agency awarded Facilities Management’s Integrated Solid Waste Program the National College/University Partner of the Year Award.

Surplus Property

Surplus Property handles, disposes, and redistributes all property that the University no longer needs. The main objective is to provide an opportunity for the reallocation of still-usable items from one area of the University to others areas that have a need for them. In addition, items no longer needed by the University are offered to the public through weekly walk-in sales, quarterly public auctions, or recycling of items that no longer have a market value.

Leave-it Behind Program

In an effort to divert solid waste from our landfills, the Integrated Solid Waste Department collects unwanted items during residence hall move out in the spring.

Items collected — including clothing, shoes, bikes, school supplies, electronics, furniture, and household goods — are donated to CSU’s Surplus Property. Surplus Property hosts a community tent sale each summer with these goods that benefit the Eco Leaders program on campus. Non-perishable food is donated to the Food Bank for Larimer County.