Recycling has been around for some time now, but as always, change occurs or we become complacent in our habits. In addition to reducing cost, identifying what we recycle and working to improve our recycling habits will benefit our family and community, improve our overall health, and help to sustain the earth.


At the College of Menominee Nation there are recycle bins in each classroom and every hallway making it easy to dispose of the recyclable materials. Yet, the recycle bins are not always used. Are people unsure of what to recycle or do they not care? Perhaps they care but think their one bottle or one piece of paper will not make a difference.

When campus recyclable material is thrown into the waste, the items are transported to a landfill in northern Wisconsin, just outside of Antigo, to be buried in a pit. According to the campus 2015-16 campus greenhouse gas inventory, approximately 8,480 pounds of waste was generated and went into the landfill, and this amount excluded the summer semester.

The following materials are considered to be waste materials:

  • Styrofoam

  • Non-recyclable food packaging

  • Diapers and adult pads

  • Paper toweling and tissue

  • Paper products with food and grease on it

  • Candy wrappers

  • Chip bags

  • Plastic binders

The following materials are recyclable:

  • Any plastic water and/or soda bottle

  • Paper

  • Paper notebooks, folders, and books

  • Newspaper

  • Magazines

  • Cardboard boxes and containers

There are other materials that are considered to be recyclable, but the campus does not accept them in their recycle bins. These items may be taken to the community waste site or picked up during the community Clean Sweep that occurs every spring. These items include:

  • Household appliances

  • Electrical wire

  • Copper

  • Automotive tires

  • Electronic Equipment

  • Brass and Iron

  • Engine Oil

On campus we have stations to drop off small batteries (not automobile, boat, or motorcycle), and we encourage all students, faculty, and staff to bring in their batteries and drop them off at these stations. The stations are located at the S. Verna Fowler Academic Library/Menominee Public Library foyer, SDI, and the Green Bay/Oneida campus front desk. Empty toner cartridges can be taken to the Glen Miller Hall to be disposed of.

There are several compost stations at the Keshena campus for individuals to dispose of their compostable waste. You can find one located between the Library and Shirley Daly Hall and another at SDI. In the spring, there will be one placed outside of Litoff Hall (Campus Commons).

Our campus does not have a cafeteria; therefore, most faculty, staff, and many students bring a lunch or eat off-campus. When hosting campus events, a catering service may provide food. When selecting a caterer, it is best to ask if they use eco-friendly dishes, utensils, and food containers. Some offer plates and utensils that they take back with them to wash and reuse, this is the best choice.

If at all possible, it is recommended that disposable food containers be rinsed out placed in the recycle bins. Many of the food containers, especially aluminum ones, are recyclable. Some of the paper ones may not be recyclable if they contain grease.

Recycling takes a bit of work, but if everyone does their part, it will reduce the campus greenhouse gas emissions. Recycling habits will carry over off campus, and that will making our community a cleaner and better place to live.