Summer cleanout: FPM sets mixed paper collection for June 20-21

Facilities planning and management will offer departments another opportunity to recycle mixed paper June 20-21.

This collection is for paper that is not white paper or newsprint (for which the university has ongoing recycling efforts). Examples of eligible paper include journals, magazines, catalogs, paperback and soft cover books, colored paper and phonebooks.

Other items that are not part of this collection include:

  • Hardbound textbooks
  • Plastic binders or ring binders that contain eligible paper (remove paper from binders)
  • Confidential materials, also for which the university has an ongoing program

The paper will be transported to International Paper in Des Moines for recycling. Sue Mallas, a secretary in FPM and member of ISU's recycling committee, said the small payment the university receives (rates vary, but it could be as little as $15/ton) is not the purpose of the cleanout. More importantly, it is an opportunity for departments to recycle dated, unwanted items that qualify as mixed paper and to free up storage and work spaces.

Campus services teams will pick up boxes of mixed paper from building loading docks primarily on Wednesday, June 20. (June 21 is a second day, if the volume necessitates it). For collection, items must be placed in boxes, which should be of a size and weight that one person could lift.

Mallas said recycling coordinators and building supervisors are coordinating the mixed paper requests in their buildings. One pickup request per building is preferred; requests should be made by June 14.

Questions about mixed paper collection may be directed to Mallas, 4-0692.

The most recent mixed paper collection effort (last May) yielded more than 17 tons of mixed paper for recycling. Mallas said FPM is making plans to offer this recycling service once a semester, beginning this fall.