Waste Recovery Services

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Waste Recovery Services provides collection, and disposal services for the Twin Cities Campus. Our services include: Solid waste collection and disposal, The Recycling Program, The Reuse Program, Debris Management, Infectious Waste Management, and Hazardous Materials Program (HMP). Our mission is to recover material resources from the solid waste stream and prevent the disposal of hazardous materials.


Waste Management: The Como Recycling Facility is responsible for collecting and recovering the UMN waste stream. We are located between the St. Paul campus and East Bank at 3009 Como Ave. SE in Minneapolis.

The Recycling Program: A nationally recognized pioneer in institutional recycling, the U of M recycling program processes approximately 3,800 tons of recyclable material annually, or 41% of the University's municipal solid waste stream. There are nearly 20,000 color-coded recycling containers that make recycling convenient across campus.

The Reuse Center: The University of Minnesota ReUse Program collects surplus office furniture, supplies, equipment and parts from around the UMN campus. The items are available for University departments or individuals for purchase.

Debris Management: The Waste Management Program is dedicated to recovering items from the UMN's solid waste stream. The Program diminishes incineration by salvaging any recyclables, scrap metals, concrete, appliances, and furniture which can be sent to the ReUse program.

Infectious Waste Management: Provides the collection of potentially infectious materials generated from clinics, research laboratories, and hospital sources. The program also handles the disposal of animal carcasses through the alkaline digester on the St. Paul Campus. The disposal is either through incineration, autoclaving, or alkaline digester.

Hazardous Materials Program: The Hazardous Materials Program is responsible for the removal, transportation, segregation, consolidation and storage of potentially hazardous materials and chemicals.

Contact Information

Administrative Offices
Como Recycling Facility
3009 Como Ave. SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455

Point of Contact
Cindi Cardinal
Administrative Assistant
Office Phone: 612.625.6481
Email: cardi001@umn.edu

John Sundsmo
Waste Recovery Services Manager
Office Phone: 612.626.0313
Cell Phone: 612-363-6134
Email: sunds002@umn.edu