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Frequently Asked Questions

 Compost. Photo from SCU Office of Sustainability.

Find out how, where, and what to compost on and off campus. Compost FAQs.

 Recycling. Photo from SCU Office of Sustainability.

All plastics, metals, glass, and paper can be recycled on campus. Recycling FAQs.

 Landfill. Photo from SCU Office of Sustainability.

Chip bags, wrappers, and off-campus disposable items can be placed in landfill bins on campus. Landfill FAQs.

 Electronics. Photo courtesy of UC Merced 2012.

Find out how to properly donate, recycle, or dispose of your electronics here. Electronics FAQs.

 Office supplies. Photo from SCU Office of Sustainability.
Office Supplies

Have old office supplies that you no longer need? There are many recycling options you can take. Office Supplies FAQs.

 Batteries and ink cartridges. Photo courtesy of UC Merced 2012.
Universal Waste

Waste such as CDs, batteries and ink cartridges need to be recycled separately. Universal Waste FAQs.

 Donations. Photo from Pixabay.

Find out how to donate unwanted items such as books, clothes, and other supplies. Donations FAQs.

 Plastics. Photo courtesy of UC Merced 2012.

All plastics, including thin-film plastics, can be recycled on campus. Candy wrappers and chip bags must be sent to landfill. Plastics FAQs.

 Move-out. Photo from SCU Office of Sustainability.

Find information for Spring Move-Out here. Move-out FAQs.

Frequently Asked Questions about Recycling, Composting, and Waste

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Can you compost Paper Towels? Yes!

Many people often struggle with where to discard their paper towels when reaching the composting and waste bins.  The answer may not seem as obvious as it should be, but used paper towels (or any other paper products that DO NOT have plastic linings, pathogens, or bodily fluids) can be composted along with your food scraps and other compostable utensils. Of course, it is best to recycle all paper products that have not been contaminated, but soiled paper towels are perfect for the compost bin because it can be easily broken down and mixed in with other compostable products (

In fact, to increase awareness and encourage students and all other gym users to compost their paper towels, Santa Clara University has implemented a new pilot composting program in both Malley Center's restrooms and weight room paper towel dispensers. With this program, you can toss all your used paper towels into a compost bin and a separate waste container is provided for all other non-compostable items.
Why make the change? Americans on average send 35 million tons of waste into landfill, and 32% of that 35 million is compostable. ( That's equivalent to 414,814 full sized trash trucks at maximum carrying capacity! By participating in this program, you will lengthen the life spans of all landfill sites and minimize your impact on the earth.

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