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 Compost. Photo from SCU Office of Sustainability.
 
Compost

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

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Recycle

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

 Landfill. Photo from SCU Office of Sustainability.
 
Landfill

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.
 
Electronics

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.
 
Batteries/Ink Cartridges

Batteries and ink cartridges need to be recycled separately. Batteries/Ink Cartridges FAQs.

 Donations. Photo from Pixabay.
 
Donations

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

 Plastics. Photo courtesy of UC Merced 2012.
 
Plastics

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.
 
Move-Out

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

Frequently Asked Questions about Recycling, Composting, and Waste

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Paper vs Plastic: Can Laminated Paper Be Recycled?

Paper and plastic are commonly recycled goods and though they can be thrown into the recycling bin, a combination of the two, such as with laminated paper, cannot be.  The reason being that you cannot mix paper with plastic in the recycling process because contamination will occur. Centers use a water process to break down the paper, whereas plastics require heat to break down. So if the two are placed together, the result will be an unusable product. (http://www.tappi.org/paperu/all_about_paper/earth_answers/recycle1.htm & http://earth911.com/news/2009/12/23/ask-the-editor-recycling-wax-paper/).

The best solution would be to reduce the amount of paper that needs to be laminated to a need-be basis. You can also reuse your laminated paper as cup place-mats so you don't stain desks/tables ( or anything else that you need to repel water) or use them as dividers for binders.

If you do need a protective cover, you can always buy plastic sleeves. You can reuse them multiple times, and they separate when it's time to recycle them. They can be found at any office supply store. 
 

Tags: Creative Re-use of Materials, Mixed Recycling, Office supplies, Paper, Plastic, Waste

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