Santa Clara University


Waste Diversion

In 2013, SCU disposed of 1,937 tons of waste, which includes 807 tons of landfill waste, 477 tons of recyclables, and 653 tons of compostable material. 

Containers, labels, and instructional signs have been replaced throughout campus to standardize the University's waste diversion system. Colors on signs and container labels: Recycling = Blue; Landfill waste = Red/Black; Compost = Green.

New initiatives include food waste composting and changes in our office desk-side recycling and waste processes. See Recycling & Waste on the Facilities website for more information.



Do you have questions about recycling, composting, or waste at SCU? We've got answers. For immediate answers, text your questions to 51FAQWASTE.


Waste Diversion Systems

Learn more about recycling and composting containers, procedures, and systems in campus offices, residence halls, and campus events.


Waste Characterizations

These help SCU determine what we're discarding into our waste systems and how to improve or expand waste reduction, recycling, and composting programs. 



SCU recycles plastic, glass, metal (including tin cans), aluminum cans, mixed paper (including shoe boxes, magazines, and junk mail), white/colored paper, corrugated cardboard, and the latest, bundled plastic bags.



Composting was introduced to the campus in the fall of 2009, and is available in academic buildings, offices, and residence hall areas.



SCU can recycle or compost the majority of the waste generated on campus. 

Recent News

Did You Know?
Did You Know?

Hosting an event using Mission Catering by Bon Appetit allows you to plan a sustainable & delicious on-campus event!

Take Action: Hosting a "green" party
Take Action: Hosting a "green" party

Tips to take action in regards to hosting to sustainable summer parties! REDUCE single use containers | REUSE kegs and cups | Look for RECYCLABLE packaging | build community and encourage RESPECT

Take Action: Red Cup Pickup
Take Action: Red Cup Pickup

Reduce, reuse, recycle Solo cups and respect the neighborhood and our waterways!

Contact Us

Center for Sustainability
Santa Clara University
500 El Camino Real
Santa Clara, CA 95053