Santa Clara University

Center for Sustainability Banner

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.


More FAQ's

Submit your questions to


Back to Blog

Morning after. What do I do with all these solo cups, bottles, and cans around my house?

No worries, you can both drink responsibly as well as clean up responsibly: 

  • Glass bottles- Glass is a great recyclable item because it can be recycled over and over again with no quality degradation. So toss that bottle in the recycling, and have no worries about the lime wedge left in the bottom; recycling facilities actually can take care of that. Bottlecaps, however, must go in the trash...unless you're feeling creative.
  • Aluminum cans- Recyclable!
  • Solo cups- Did you know these ubiquitous party favorites are also recyclable? Check for the triangular recycling symbol on the bottom, but most of these cups are #6 recyclable plastic. Better yet, wash them and reuse them if you can.
  • Wine corks- More than 60% of the world's cork is used for wine bottles. ReCork, a cork recycling company, has collected over 14 million corks to recycle; set a box by your vino collection and drop off your corks at the nearest ReCork collection area, which for us is at the Nordstrom's at Valley Fair.

If you tend to have smaller parties (and you know your friends don't walk off with your things), it may make more sense and be cheaper for you to keep a bunch of reusable cups on hand. One easy way of obtaining more drink glasses is to reuse your glass food jars; once you're done with your salsa or peanut butter, wash it out in the dishwasher!

Tags: Creative Re-use of Materials, Food/Drink, Off-campus recycling, Recycling process, Wrappers/Containers