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Successful year for the MSU Surplus Store and Recycling Center


June 30, 2016

The MSU Surplus Store and Recycling Center (SSRC) exceeded previous records during the 2015-16 year. Through hard work and dedication, the store has given over $3 million to the university, more than a 10 percent increase from 2014-15. More than $15 million has been given to the university since the store opened in 2009.

Several factors are the result of the successful increase: a $500,000 increase in vehicle sales, over 9,000 articles of clothing sold and a $40,000 increase in food sales(honey, local produce, etc.). SSRC has also reached a 63 percent diversion rate, which means 63 percent of campus waste was diverted away from landfills. To top it off, the SSRC placed first in the Big 10 and ninth among universities of similar size in the 2016 Recycle Mania Tournament.

SSRC was also involved with the construction of Sparty’s Cabin, a 177-square-foot tiny house constructed by passionate students. Another new initiative is the MSU Shadows project, wood repurposing that creates pens, frames and other objects from trees on campus. The MSU Shadows items are sold in the Surplus Store; all proceeds go towards the forestry program and planting new trees on campus.

To increase biking on campus, the SSRC is collaborating with Residential and Hospitality Services, the Associated Students of MSU and the MSU Bike Shop to provide student bike rentals at all residence halls. Additionally, more than 500 miles have been biked and 30,000 pounds of materials have been collected over the past nine months by switching from a recycling truck to biking. Together, the Surplus Store and Bike Shop hope to eliminate one recycling truck route.

“Our goal is to reach 70 percent diversion rate by the end of 2017,” said Kris Jolley, Surplus Store director.

To achieve this goal, there are several future projects the SSRC will be initiating, including Spartan Upcycle – a project that aims to reduce waste through art, education and imagination. Several smaller events will be held at the Surplus Store, including the book and media sale and Teacher Appreciation Day. View the MSU Surplus Store Facebook page for dates and information.

Visit the Surplus Store at 468 Green Way, East Lansing. Public sale hours are every Tuesday from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and every Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. For any questions, contact the Surplus Store at (517) 355-1723 or