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Frequently Asked Questions about Recycling, Composting, and Waste

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

Are Frozen Food Packages Recyclable?

Posted on Tuesday, Mar. 6, 2012
Check the type frozen food packaging to see if it is recyclable. Read More »

Paper vs Plastic: Can Laminated Paper Be Recycled?

Posted on Tuesday, Sep. 20, 2011
Laminated Paper cannot be recycled due to differences in the recycling process. Read More »

Can you compost Paper Towels? Yes!

Posted on Monday, Sep. 19, 2011
Paper towels (and any other paper products that DO NOT have plastic linings, pathogens, or bodily fluids)can be composted along with all other food scraps and compostable items. Read More »
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I have a bunch of books I don't need... what should I do?

Posted on Thursday, Jun. 30, 2011
You can donate or recycle them. Please don't put them in the blue paper recycling bags, books are heavy and rip the bags. Read More »

I'm an off-campus student. What are the rules for Santa Clara's curbside recycling program?

Posted on Friday, Apr. 29, 2011
Luckily, the rules for off-campus recycling are relatively similar to the ones on-campus; both programs are single-stream, meaning you don't have to sort out all the different types of recyclables. Read More »
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I live in Sunnyvale and have a lot of old papers lying around; do I have to recycle it separately from my newspapers?

Posted on Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2009
Mixed paper can be recycled along with newspaper. Read More »
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How do I recycle textbooks?

Posted on Wednesday, Jul. 9, 2008
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Does SCU recycle hard and soft cover books?

Posted on Wednesday, Apr. 16, 2008
 
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The Basics:
  • Recycling: paper, plastic (#1-#7), glass, aluminum, tin. Look for BLUE.
  • Compost: food waste, biodegradable material, (if it was once alive, it can be composted!). Look for GREEN.
  • Landfill waste: everything else! Look for RED or BLACK.
 
 
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