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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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I'm confused about our new Starbucks cups. Are they compostable?

 As many of you have seen, we switched our coffee provider to Starbucks Coffee, and subsequently have new hot drink cups. Standard Starbucks cups are not compostable (please remember, no outside beverage containers in our compost!). However, if you look on the slightly different Starbucks cup we have, it says: 

"This cup is compostable where commercial composting programs exist."

Here is where the answer gets tricky. In SCU's case, we are indeed fortunate enough to have a commercial composting program, so feel free to toss that cup into our compost bins on campus. However, there is a big difference between small-scale home composting and large-scale commercial composting. Commercial facilities have the size and resources to effectively break down this cup into productive soil. However, the cup would not break down as well if we put it in our backyard compost bin. This logic also applies to items such as meat, bones, dairy products, and fatty foods; commercial facilities can handle them, but it is generally not advisable to compost those at your home as they can often attract insects and animals.

Interested in learning more about the benefits of composting? Keep an eye out for upcoming events and workshops on our campus!

Tags: Composting, Food/Drink, Wrappers/Containers