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According to the EPA, "Recycling is the process of collecting and processing materials that would otherwise be thrown away as trash and turning them into new products." Recycling has many benefits to the environment, such as using less energy when processing materials, producing less pollution and reusing resources.

Recycling occurs in a continuous loop: items are recycled, made in to new products and purchased by consumers who use the product then recycle it. The item is then made into a new product and bought by another consumer. All three steps of the loop are essential to the overall positive effect of recycling.

Here on campus all recyclable materials placed in the blue lidded bins are picked up by Brookings Dumpster then hauled down to Millennium Recycling Inc. in Sioux Falls, SD. Here the materials are sorted and baled then shipped off to companies who use the recycled material for their products. Recycled materials are often remade into aluminum cans, paper and glass bottles. Other items are also made, such as, shoes, bags and benches. 

In the following sections you will find information on what can be recycled, learn about special recycling opportunities, identify recycling and trash bins on campus, and more!