While Cleveland continues in it's mission to better the city, Delta State assists in shipping their plastic to the public works department, where it is then recycled.
DSU also bails its own cardboard and then puts the profits in the university's general fund.
Direct of Facility Operations, Ted Hochradel said "it makes the whole process more economical. It's a win-win situation for DSU and Cleveland."
The Madison Center of Delta State started a recycling program almost 10 years ago and began with a simple aluminum can program.
From that idea Dr. Garry Jennings, professor of political science, suggested the university support a campus-wide program.
Jennings contacted Cetin Oguz, associate professor of art, and asked if he could help make these bins unique.
Jennings said, " the purpose was to provide a recycling program that was both functional as well as aesthetically pleasing."
Oguz assigned his Painting I class the project of choosing one of 10 artists ranging from American to European art and creating a combination of their work on these bins.
The Facilities Management Department of Delta State University provided the bins and primed then, allowing the art students, using industrial oil paints, to complete the project in a semester.
Once completed, a set of bins was one display in front of the annex during a Flight 2020: The Vision of Cleveland event.
"The bins were filled and emptied, sometimes by myself, several times that day," said Oguz.
After seeing the success of the recycle bins, the city of Cleveland approached Oguz about having more placed downtown.
"One project can connect to another. Especially when you do something visual.
When you see it's working, you want to continue," said Oguz.