Recycling not only reduces adverse environmental impact, but also reduces disposal costs. For more information about sustainability efforts on campus, visit the Environmental Collaborative Office.

As a Large Quantity Generator of hazardous waste, MSU is required to treat materials like electronics, batteries, and oil differently that you treat them at home. Listed below is information on those materials:


Any device that is powered by electricity is considered electronic waste when it is ready for disposal. E-waste cannot be disposed of as ordinary trash. Electronic waste is recycled by the Office of Receiving and Property Control – even if it is not on inventory.

If the device is radioactive or contained radioactive materials, or if it was is an x-ray device, a Radioactive Equipment Decommissioning Form must be completed prior to disposal.


Rechargeable and single-use lithium or silver oxide batteries cannot be disposed of as ordinary trash. These batteries must be recycled or treated as hazardous waste.

The Environmental Health & Safety has established a no-cost battery recycling contract. To arrange for disposal of batteries, submit a waste disposal pickup request. (An account number is not required for batteries.)

Used Oil

Used engine oil, hydraulic oil, vacuum pump oil, lubricating oil, cooking oil, etc. must be collected for disposal. Oil should be placed in a leak tight container that can be closed. The container must be labeled “Used Oil”. When full, submit a waste disposal pickup request.

Containers 5 gallons or smaller in capacity will be disposed of at no charge. Containers over 5 gallons may incur a disposal charge.