Sustainable Materials Management


Here at Marquette we try to divert as much waste as possible from the landfill, however sometimes that is just not possible because not every item we use can be recycled. All of our trash goes to the Emerald Park Landfill in Muskego,WI where landfill gas is collected and diverted to an on-site treatment facility for the conversion of this gas to energy that produces electricity. The conversion of landfill gas to energy is an effective means of recycling and reusing this valuable resource. Learn more about the landfill gas-to-energy process at the Advanced Disposal website.


Much like most of the country now, Marquette University participates in single-stream recycling which means that all items that can be recycled are collected in one bin and then sorted at an offsite materials recovery facility (MRF). 

Find out how the sorting process works at the Advanced Disposal website.

Learn more about what can and can't be recycled.  

Food Waste

Up until COVID-19 hit, Marquette University had a robust food waste collection program in partnership with Compost Crusader. Until further notice, food waste collection is on hold. 


Marquette University's Purchasing Department values economic, social, and environmental sustainability and puts that into practice through every facet of their operations. The Purchasing Department manages the university's surplus furniture and equipment, making every effort to keep items that are in good, usable condition from going to the landfill. 

If you are a Marquette University staff or faculty member, you may take advantage of the surplus program. Discover what is available at the Purchasing Surplus website.