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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

The SCU community can e-mail their questions about recycling, composting, and waste on campus. This blog will provide answers to those questions.

What should I do with batteries when I am done with them?

When you are finished with batteries you should recycle them. Batteries contain toxic metals that can enter the environment if not properly disposed of, posing a risk to both animals and humans. California became the first state in February 2006 to legally prohibit throwing away batteries and other items considered Universal Waste.

batteriesCampus residents: place used batteries and ink cartridges in the blue recycling receptacles at each residence hall's service desk.

Faculty and staff: send used batteries and ink cartridges to Facilities in an intercampus mail envelope.

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What can I recycle if I live off-campus?

undefinedOff-campus recycling procedures are not exactly the same as on-campus recycling procedures.

The following websites provide detailed information concerning recycling off campus:

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Does the recycling at SCU go to city/county recycling plants? Who recycles the material?

eugenio driving a recycling cartAfter the recycled materials are collected, they are stored at Facilities until picked up by the respective recycling companies.

  • Aluminum, glass, plastics, and paper are recycled through Mission Trail Waste Systems.
  • Some paper and all corrugated cardboard are recycled through Weyerhaeuser. SCU uses a compactor for corrugated cardboard before it is picked up for recycling.
  • E-waste is handled by E-Waste Recyclers, a company out of Grass Valley.
  • Batteries are processed as hazardous waste and picked up, along with other hazardous materials (such as fluorescent tubes), monthly by All Chemical Disposal.
  • Ink cartridges are collected and brought to an elementary school, which recycles the ink cartridges to benefit the school.
  • Green waste is handled my Mission Trail Waste Systems.
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Center for Sustainability
Santa Clara University
500 El Camino Real
Santa Clara, CA 95053