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Frequently Asked Questions About Waste Diversion
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What Should I Do With My Plastic Bags?
Are Frozen Food Packages Recyclable?
Is bubble wrap recyclable?
What can I do with my old cassettes?
Are Overhead Transparencies Recyclable?
How Do I Recycle My Old Mattresses?
Can Plastic Bags Be Recycled On Campus?
Paper vs Plastic: Can Laminated Paper Be Recycled?
Can you compost Paper Towels? Yes!
We have several vinyl banners that we are hoping can be recycled. Do you have any suggestions on if this can be done and how?
I have a bunch of books I don't need... what should I do?
Why do we have compost containers in some buildings on campus and not on others?
Morning after. What do I do with all these solo cups, bottles, and cans around my house?
I'm an off-campus student. What are the rules for Santa Clara's curbside recycling program?
How do I recycle long fluorescent lighting tubes?
I don't live on campus so I was wondering if there's somewhere I can take empty ink cartridges, batteries, and old cell phones to be recycled?
What exactly is 'recycled water'? Doesn't it still contain chemicals and bacteria that would be harmful to us?
I recently received a promotion and have old business cards that I can no longer hand out. Are there good ways to reuse these, or should I just send them to the recycling bin?
I'm confused about our new Starbucks cups. Are they compostable?
What are 'green' dry cleaners, and where can I find them in this area?
Even though it can be a huge relief to pick up your dry-cleaning and see that stain has magically disappeared, the chemicals used at standard dry-cleaners can be toxic both to the workers who clean your clothes and to yourself. Most dry cleaners use a chemical called perchloroethylene, a known carcinogenic according to the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences. Fortunately, there is a burgeoning population of environmentally friendly dry-cleaners that have found alternatives to this chemical. One company, Green Earth Cleaning, uses a liquid silicone solution. This solution is no more expensive than standard dry-cleaning, it doesn't jeopardize the health of the employees, and doesn't end up as toxic waste after it is used. So, the next time you dig out your nice suit crumpled in the bottom of your closet and need to get it dry-cleaned for your aunt's cousin's wedding in two weeks, keep an eye out for your sustainable alternatives!
Listed below are some local Green Earth Cleaning affiliates, but there are plenty of other eco-friendly dry cleaners in our area:
A French Cleaners
5205 Prospect Rd. Suite 150
San Jose, CA 95129
Dry Clean 4 U
3787 Stevens Creek Blvd., Ste. 101
Santa Clara, CA 95051
641 South Bernardo Ave.
Sunnyvale, CA 94087