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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.

What can I do with my old cassettes?

Posted on Thursday, Jan. 12, 2012
Learn ways on how to reuse your cassettes and where to recycle them. Read More »

How Do I Recycle My Old Mattresses?

Posted on Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2011
Learn where you can donate and recycle old mattresses. Read More »

Can Plastic Bags Be Recycled On Campus?

Posted on Thursday, Oct. 20, 2011
Yes, Plastic bags can be recycled on campus. Read More »

Morning after. What do I do with all these solo cups, bottles, and cans around my house?

Posted on Friday, Apr. 29, 2011
No worries, you can both drink responsibly as well as clean up responsibly. We've provided some tips for reusable cups and wine cork recycling. Read More »

What exactly is 'recycled water'? Doesn't it still contain chemicals and bacteria that would be harmful to us?

Posted on Thursday, Nov. 18, 2010
Recycling water is a great method for managing such a scarce resource more efficiently. Eighty-five percent of our campus is irrigated with recycled water, and we also use this water for the toilets of the Learning Commons. Recycled or "reclaimed" water is water that has already been used by residences and businesses; however, this water undergoes an intensive treatment before it is deemed safe to reuse. Read More »

How do I recycle floppy disks?

Posted on Wednesday, Apr. 28, 2010
Recycle your old floppy disks Read More »

What are "Plastics #1-7"?

Posted on Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2009
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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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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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