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Frequently Asked Questions About Waste Diversion
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What Should I Do With My Plastic Bags?
Can Plastic Bags Be Recycled On Campus?
Paper vs Plastic: Can Laminated Paper Be Recycled?
Why do we have compost containers in some buildings on campus and not on others?
I'm an off-campus student. What are the rules for Santa Clara's curbside recycling program?
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?
When will academic buildings get compost containers?
SCU started our compost collection program in May 2009. We began by collecting compostable waste from the kitchen in Benson Center. In September, we expanded our compost collection to Market Square and all residence halls.
SCU's composting program is still new, and we're phasing it in slowly to give the campus community time to adjust to our new waste diversion practices!
Academic buildings are undergoing a transformation to a new desk-side recycling and waste collection system. As we phase in a new building, we are adding compost collection containers in those buildings' kitchen/break rooms. All academic buildings will be transitioned this academic year.Read More »
What are "Plastics #1-7"?
Plastic containers typically have a triangle stamp on their undersides, containing a number. This number is the Resin Code, i.e. the type of plastic used to make the container.
- Polyethylene Terephthalate (PETE/PET #1)
Most commonly used for soda botles, water bottles, shampoo bottles, peanut butter jars, etc.
- High Density Polyethylene (HDPE #2)
Most commonly used for milk, water, and juice bottles, detergent bottles, yogurt and margarine containers, grocery bags, etc.
- Polyvinyl Chloride aka Vinyl (PVC #3)
Most commonly used for clear food packaging, shampoo bottles, etc.
- Low Density Polyethylene (LDPE #4)
Most commonly used for bread bags, frozen food bags, squeezable bottles like mustard, etc.
- Polypropylene (PP #5)
Most commonly used for ketchup bottles, yogurt and butter containers, etc.
- Polystyrene (aka. Styrofoam) (PS #6)
Most commonly used for meat trays, egg cartons, hot beverage cups, plates, etc.
- Other (#7)
Ketchup, large water bottles, etc.
Uses once recycled:
- PET: Fibers, soft drink bottles.
- HDPE: Bottles, grocery bags, recycling containers, playground equipment, plastic lumber.
- PVC: Pipe, fencing, and non-food bottles.
- LDPE: Plastic bags, 6-pack rings, tubing, some laboratory equipment.
- PP: Auto parts, dishware, food containers.
- PS: Cafeteria trays, toys, desk accessories, insulation.
- Other: Unknown.
I am confused about the mixed recycling program. What belongs in mixed recycling, and where do I put recyclables?
- Cardboard gets flattened and placed near paper recycling containers.
- E-waste and Universal waste depends on the location. In residence halls, these can be placed on the ground below the "e-waste" sign, or recycled at the building's service desk. In campus offices and other buildings, these items are either picked-up or mailed to Facilities.
We are in bit of a confusing time right now, as we update and standardize our recycling containers. We appreciate your patience!Read More »
How do I recycle textbooks?
Textbooks can be recycled along with any type of paper. Because texbooks are quite heavy and have sharp corners, do NOT place them in blue paper recycling bags. Instead, please request a sturdy paper recycling container from Facilities.
Either call x4742, e-mail facilities-CSC@scu.edu, or place a work order through AIM.Read More »
Should bottles and cans be cleaned before they are placed in recycling bins around campus?
Does SCU recycle hard and soft cover books?
What do I do with printer/copy paper packaging?
Paper ream packaging IS RECYCLABLE.
In the past, these wrappers needed to be discarded in the waste bin because their waxy coating put them in a different paper recycling category.
Now, ALL PAPER TYPES can be recycled in the blue paper recycling bags near copiers, and in any container on campus labeled "recycling".
Where can I recycle newspapers?
Newspapers can be placed in any recycling receptacle.
- Residence halls: place your paper in the "recycling" bin at each residence hall’s waste disposal area.
- Throughout campus: newspapers and all other paper recyclables should be placed in any bin labeled "recycling" as well as the blue recycling bags found near copiers.
Does the recycling at SCU go to city/county recycling plants? Who recycles the material?
After the recycled materials are collected, they are stored at Facilities until picked up by the respective recycling companies.
- Aluminum, glass, plastics, and paper are recycled through Mission Trail Waste Systems.
- Some paper and all corrugated cardboard are recycled through Weyerhaeuser. SCU uses a compactor for corrugated cardboard before it is picked up for recycling.
- E-waste is handled by E-Waste Recyclers, a company out of Grass Valley.
- Batteries are processed as hazardous waste and picked up, along with other hazardous materials (such as fluorescent tubes), monthly by All Chemical Disposal.
- Ink cartridges are collected and brought to an elementary school, which recycles the ink cartridges to benefit the school.
- Green waste is handled my Mission Trail Waste Systems.