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SCU's Sustainability Goal: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

SCU is in its fourth year of “RecycleMania!,” a nationwide recycling competition among over 600 colleges and universities that promotes sustainability and raises awareness of campus recycling.

From Jan. 17 through March 27, SCU will compete with these other schools to determine which schools recycle the most and divert as much as possible from landfills.

On a weekly basis, SCU’s Facilities staff and sustainability interns will be collecting the weights of our trash, recycling, and compost and reporting them to “RecycleMania!” As the competition goes on, you will be able to track SCU’s progress on the “Recyclemania!” website. Learn more.

The competition is taking place during a very important transition at SCU. The University is trying to reach its sustainability and climate neutrality goals by changing its waste collection procedures and encouraging people to reduce their trash, reuse what they can, and recycle what they can’t use.

Some offices may have noticed new desk-side trash and recycling bins. The larger blue bin is for all recyclables, including paper, plastic bottles, glass bottles, and aluminum cans. The smaller black bin is for all waste that isn’t recyclable and goes to the landfill. New composting collection containers have also been added to the common area of office suites and departments.

Each morning, custodians only empty the blue recycling bins and the composting receptacle. It’s the faculty and staff’s responsibility to throw out their own landfill waste in the larger waste bin, also located in the common area of their office suite or department.

“The new system makes it easier for faculty and staff to recycle, especially since most of the waste by their desk is paper. It also makes people think about how much landfill waste they’re producing on a daily basis,” says Lindsey Cromwell, the University’s sustainability coordinator.

If your office has not yet received the blue and black bins, please continue to recycle in the designated areas until the new system is phased into your building. Learn more.

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