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Frequently Asked Questions about Recycling, Composting, and Waste
The SCU community can e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org their questions about recycling, composting, and waste on campus. This blog will provide answers to those questions.
My department has a lot of extra office supplies (binders, folders, etc.). Where can we send them?
One option is to donate these items to the Resource Area For Teachers (RAFT).
RAFT is a non-profit organization that believes hands-on teaching is the best way for teachers to teach and students to learn. They provide creative hands-on activities, educational resources, workshops and inexpensive materials, (many donated by local businesses), to enrich pre K-12 education and community group programs.Read More »
How do I recycle textbooks?
Textbooks can be recycled along with any type of paper. Because texbooks are quite heavy and have sharp corners, do NOT place them in blue paper recycling bags. Instead, please request a sturdy paper recycling container from Facilities.
Either call x4742, e-mail facilities-CSC@scu.edu, or place a work order through AIM.Read More »
How should I recycle during a campus office move?
Should bottles and cans be cleaned before they are placed in recycling bins around campus?
Can I recycle the tops of pizza boxes when they are clean?
Please place pizza boxes in COMPOST containers.
If this is not an option where you are, please remove the top of the box (only if it is clean) and recycle with corrugated cardboard.
Generally, we do not recycle pizza boxes because the cheese and grease from the pizza contaminates the box, rendering it unable to be recycled into new products. However, since many times only the bottom part of the box is contaminated, it is sometimes possible to separate and recycle the top. If, and only if, the top of the box is clean, recycle it with corrugated cardboard.Read More »
Does SCU recycle hard and soft cover books?
Does SCU recycle televisions?
What do I do with printer/copy paper packaging?
Paper ream packaging IS RECYCLABLE.
In the past, these wrappers needed to be discarded in the waste bin because their waxy coating put them in a different paper recycling category.
Now, ALL PAPER TYPES can be recycled in the blue paper recycling bags near copiers, and in any container on campus labeled "recycling".
Where can I recycle newspapers?
Newspapers can be placed in any recycling receptacle.
- Residence halls: place your paper in the "recycling" bin at each residence hall’s waste disposal area.
- Throughout campus: newspapers and all other paper recyclables should be placed in any bin labeled "recycling" as well as the blue recycling bags found near copiers.
What should I do with e-waste?
Directions for recycling e-waste in campus residence halls are posted in each building's waste collection area.Read More »
Can light bulbs be recycled?
The vast majority of recycling programs will not accept light bulbs (such as incandescent bulbs). However, under California's Universal Waste Rule, it is illegal to dispose of compact fluorescent lights (CFLs) (and other fluorescent lights).
A single CFL contains about 5 milligrams of mercury, which can be dangerous to humans and the environment if not disposed of properly. These and other items considered universal waste must be either sent to an authorized recycling facility or to a universal waste consolidator.
- Find a recycling center in your area Earth911.org.
- Article: Fluorsecent Light Bulbs Can Become 'Toxic Time Bombs'
- PDF: Managing Universal Waste in California
What is e-waste?
E-waste is anything that uses a battery or electric cord. All e-waste can be recycled at Santa Clara University.
Here are some examples:
- remote control
- hair dryer
- Super Nintendo
- alarm clock
- hair straightener