ISU Dining is committed to recycling and re-using as much and as many different things as we can. We recycle cardboard, metals, paper, plastics, glass, and styrofoam. Food packaging is not the only thing that is recycled, for example, the pallets that our food is delivered on has been being recycled for 25 years! In addition to ISU Dining's recycling efforts, our trash is sent to the City of Ames Resource Recovery Plant and is sorted for recyclable materials and then burned instead of entering a landfill.

Between the years 2009 and 2010 some of ISU Dining's employee uniforms underwent a slight change leaving lots of uniforms unusable. Instead of throwing all of these shirts, pants, and chef coats away, they were donated to Goodwill where the fabric could be used and made into rags and cloths.