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Frequently Asked Questions About Waste Diversion

 
 Compost. Photo from SCU Office of Sustainability.
 
Compost

Find out how, where, and what to compost on and off campus. Compost FAQs.

 Recycling. Photo from SCU Office of Sustainability.
 
Recycle

All plastics, metals, glass, and paper can be recycled on campus. Recycling FAQs.

 Landfill. Photo from SCU Office of Sustainability.
 
Landfill

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.
 
Electronics

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.
 
Donations

Find out how to donate unwanted items such as books, clothes, and other supplies. Donations FAQs.

 Plastics. Photo courtesy of UC Merced 2012.
 
Plastics

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.
 
Move-Out

Find information for Spring Move-Out here. Move-out FAQs.

 

More FAQ's

Submit your questions to recycling@scu.edu

 

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I'm an off-campus student. What are the rules for Santa Clara's curbside recycling program?

Luckily, the rules for off-campus recycling are relatively similar to the ones on-campus; both programs are single-stream, meaning you don't have to sort out all the different types of recyclables. In your blue curbside recycling bins, you can recycle:

  • Newspapers
  • Mixed paper
  • Corrugated cardboard (broken down/flattened)
  • Glass bottles & jars
  • Aluminum & tin cans
  • Discharged metal spray paint cans
  • Steel & other kitchen scrap metals
  • Plastics #1-7 EXCEPT #6

You can also bundle your plastic grocery, produce, dry cleaning, and bread bags inside a clear plastic bag and put these in the recycling bin as well (no more piles of Safeway bags in your cabinets!) However, investing in a reusable grocery or produce bag saves you the hassle of dealing with these bags in the first place. Put motor oil in small screw-top containers, motor oil filters & CFL's in separate ziplock plastic bags, and set these to the side of the blue bin.

If you have any questions, you can visit the recycling section of Santa Clara's site, or call (408) 970-5100/(408) 615-2063.

Tags: Cardboard, Mixed Recycling, Off-campus recycling, Paper