Go Green at BHSU

Recycle Program

BHSU's Waste Diversion Goals

Black Hills State University is committed to decreasing our waste stream by 25% from 2014 to 2018. To reach these goals, the campus is increasing recycling initiatives and introducing the Trash Buddy system. The benefits of the Trash Buddy System include:

  • Increasing the amount of waste diverted, putting BHSU one step closer to achieving its goals.
  • Empowering employees by providing them the opportunity to contribute to the campus sustainability goals.
  • Establishing a more effective and efficient method for collecting recyclable materials and utilizing custodial staff.


Using the Trash Buddy System:

The Trash Buddy is a user-friendly system that makes desk side recycling easy and convenient. Recyclable goods should be placed in the blue recycling bins. These include paper, glass, plastics numbered 1-7, and cans. Any additional waste, such as Styrofoam, candy wrappers, or disposable cups, belong in the Trash Buddy attachment. All receptacles will be emptied by individuals in the centralized waste station location.

Confused about what goes where? Check out our handy guide below for answers!

Recycling Bins

Recycling Guide

  • Cardboard: cereal, cracker, and pizza boxes, shipping boxes, paper bags, notebook covers
  • Magazines: Glossy paper, photo paper, magazines
  • Newspaper: Newspaper and newsprint materials
  • White Paper: Notebook paper with the cover and metal spiral removed, printer paper, colored paper, junk mail
  • Cans: Soda cans
  • Plastic and Glass: Clear and colored glass, plastic labeled with the numbers 1-7
  • Facility Services will take items such as batteries, electronic and computer equipment , CDs, and old cell phones.
  • For more information contact Eva Chase at: Eva.Chase@bhsu.edu or call (605)642-6298

    2017 Weight of materials kept out of local landfills.

    Materials Recycled
    White Paper 14,609 lbs
    Aluminum 80 lbs
    Plastic and Glass 5,720 lbs 
    Cardboard 48,950 lbs
    Metal 32,380 lbs
    Food Waste (Compost) 19,340 lbs
     Other 5,417.5 lbs 
    Total Collected 126,496.5 lbs
    (or 63.25 tons)

    (Data from fiscal year 2017: 7/1/16 - 6/30/17)