Student Life

Working on food compost

U-M Planet Blue Guiding Principle

We will pursue purchasing, reuse, recycling, and composting strategies toward long-term waste eradication.


  • Housing’s Move-in and Move-out recycling programs results in tons of unwanted items being donated to local organizations every year. In addition, all cardboard and other materials are recycled.
  • Single-stream recycling has been implemented in all Student Life units. University Unions also collects batteries, printer toner, pens and light bulbs.
  • Housing and Dining renovations focus on the use of sustainable upholstery, textiles and furniture.
  • The MUG in the Michigan Union was painted in low VOC paints.
  • In building renovations, building materials that contain recycled content are used whenever possible.

How You Can Make A Difference, Too!

Go to:  Energy - Waste - Community - Food - Water