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Frequently Asked Questions About Waste Diversion

 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.
Batteries/Ink Cartridges

Batteries and ink cartridges need to be recycled separately. Batteries/Ink Cartridges 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.


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How Do I Recycle My Old Mattresses?

Mattresses have many components that can be recycled. The wood, foam, cotton, and metal springs can all be reused, which is why there are many organizations that are willing to accept mattresses in the Bay area.

If you are looking to donate your mattress, the Salvation Army Thrift Stores in both Santa Clara and San Jose will take drop-off mattresses as well as do pick ups (though you must call ahead and schedule a time). In order to donate a mattress it must be clean, unstained, and untorn.

If you just want to recycle the mattress, the city of Palo Alto Recycling Drop-Off center is a good place to take it. They are located on 2380 Embarcadero Way. Bob's Foam Factory in Fremont will also take old mattresses, though they only accept mattresses that contain polyurethane foam.

For a more complete list of recycling centers, you can check out and enter mattresses. 

Lastly, if your mattress is still in decent condition, you can try reselling it on Craigs List and avoid the landfill altogether.

Tags: Creative Re-use of Materials, Donating, Eliminating Waste, Moving, Off-campus recycling, Recycling process, Waste