The Northern Michigan University Recycling Committee has been working for more than nine years to develop a comprehensive recycling program for the university community. Some of the many reasons for pursuing these goals include:

  • Recycling symbolenabling the university community an opportunity to participate in the conservation of natural resources
  • enabling the university to play a significant role in decreasing the rate at which the Marquette County Landfill reaches its maximum capacity
  • saving significant sums of money that would otherwise be spent for hauling trash to the landfill

In order for a university recycling program to be effective it is essential that all members of the community take their share of the responsibility. The loop at the top of the page is a reminder to us that recycling is a loop. If recycling is to succeed, we as consumers must purchase post-consumer recycled products. Buy recycled!

Types of NMU recycling

Single sort

Battery recycling

Fluorescent lamps


​All waste steel and non-ferrous metals that are property of the university are diverted from the landfill by our metal recycling program.

Since May 2010, NMU has recycled 88 tons (176,000 lbs.) of metal. Included in this tonnage is metal shelving recycled by the Learning Resources Center as well as metal recycled from building demolition with the start of NMU's new Combined Heat and Power (CHP) Plant.

Waste Oil/Anti-freeze
All waste oil and anti-freeze from the university's 59 vehicle fleet and all grounds equipment is collected and recycled.

Academic buildings

Residence halls
Each residence hall room is equipped with a recycling bin to encourage residents to recycle everyday products. NMU has programs that support recycling the following materials: Batteries, glass, latex paint, ink jet/toner cartridges, metal, paper, plastic and waste oil.

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