MTSU to Host Inaugural Recycling Roundup

MTSU will host its first Recycling Roundup on June 8 with various recyclable items accepted.

Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU) will host its first Recycling Roundup event on June 8, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the MTSU Rutherford Parking Lot located at 602 N. Rutherford Blvd. The event aims to provide the community with an opportunity to recycle various items, including old tires, used toner cartridges, and discarded mattresses.

“MTSU totally supports the education on the need for recycling and the need to develop the awareness of necessary recycling for the environment,” said Linda Hardymon, Recycling Program manager at the MTSU Center for Energy Efficiency, who is overseeing the event.

The free public event is a collaboration between MTSU, the Tennessee Environmental Council‘s Recycle Tennessee, and the Tennessee Department of Transportation’s Nobody Trashes Tennessee programs.

“The Murfreesboro event is made possible by a grant we received from TDOT to continue these much-needed roundup events across the state,” explained Abby Schneider, Recycle Tennessee program director for the Tennessee Environmental Council.

There is no charge to drop off most items, although there is a fee for mattresses and tires beyond the allotted limit of two mattresses and/or eight tires per vehicle. The donation center may close once it reaches capacity, so early arrival is encouraged.

Upon arrival, drivers will be directed to specific booths for different recycled materials, and volunteers will assist participants throughout the process. Accepted items include:

– Clothing and textiles (excluding carpet, rugs, or pillows)

– Ink cartridges and toner

– Flattened cardboard

– Electronics

– Scrap metal

– Pet supplies

– Styrofoam blocks

– Glass (food and beverage)

– Paper for secure shredding

– Small batteries

– Tires (up to 8, with a $1 fee for extras)

– Mattresses (limit two per vehicle; $10 charge for each additional mattress)

For more details, visit, email Ginger Reasonover at, or call 615-379-8259.

“It is a pleasure to be asked to provide a venue and support for TEC to use MTSU as part of the Recycling Roundup Program for Murfreesboro and Rutherford County,” Hardymon added. “We share the same goals in providing a means to keep the various items collected out of the landfills.”

Recycling is not new to MTSU. The late Patrick Doyle, a biology professor, initiated the Biology Club’s recycling program from a garage on the outskirts of campus. Since 1987, the campus has recycled significant amounts of materials, including over 8.2 million pounds of office paper and 698,000 pounds of aluminum and other metals.

Recycling initiatives on campus are managed through MTSU’s Center for Energy Efficiency, established in 1999 to develop and advance energy management practices. For more information about recycling on campus, visit MTSU Recycling Program.

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