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Frequently Asked Questions

 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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Is bubble wrap recyclable?

Bubble wrap can be recycled on campus.

However, many recycling facilities cannot recycle bubble wrap, so check with your district or county before recycling your bubble wrap.  Why can't it always be recycled? Though bubble wrap is made from No. 7 plastics, the adhesive used to seal the sheets of plastic together are not.

The best thing to do with your old bubble wrap is to see if you can reuse. Store bubble wrap in your closet, and use it for packing your dorm esstentials when moving on and off campus in the summer time. You can also line your tool boxes with bubble wrap to ensure that quality tools remain in mint condition as well as use it as winter insulation for patio plants. For more ideas on what to do with your bubble wrap, click on this link.

Additionally, many postal offices around campus will accept used bubble wrap for packaging.  If you can't find anyt use for your bubble wrap, you can take it to one of these centers. The closest one is only 2 milles away from campus on Homestead.  For a full list of offices that accept bubble wrap, click on this link.

Tags: Creative Re-use of Materials, Donating, Eliminating Waste, Off-campus recycling, Plastic, Waste, Wrappers/Containers

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