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 Why do we have compost containers in some buildings on campus and not on others?

Posted on Wednesday, May. 25, 2011

Since Fall 2008, the Office of Sustainability and Facilities Department have been collaborating on a university-wide Recycling System Upgrade for all SCU buildings. The program is intended to facilitate recycling and composting, increase waste diversion on campus, and standardize the appearance of our bins (no more old faded labels!). The order in which the buildings are upgraded depends on a variety of factors including bin availability, custodial service training, and communication with building administrators.

When we "upgrade" a building's recycling system, two things happen: 

1. All faculty and staff in the building receive a new blue recycling bin in place of their old trash can. They can place all recyclable items (glass, aluminum, paper, and plastics #1-7) in this bin, which now is emptied by a custodian. A small black wastebasket for landfill items hangs on the side, which faculty and staff empty as needed.

2. The building's common areas receive standardized recycling and waste containers, with clear labels and lids for wide openings for recyclables. Employee break areas and kitchens are stocked with a compost bin to collect food waste.

So far, the campus-wide upgrade has been successful and we have received positive feedback from faculty and staff. Many report they are excited to participate in waste diversion, especially since it's now easier to recycle.

Tags: Composting, Mixed Recycling

 
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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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