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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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Is bubble wrap recyclable?
Bubble wrap is recyclable on campus, but there are many ways to reuse it as well. Read More »
What can I do with my old cassettes?
Learn ways on how to reuse your cassettes and where to recycle them. Read More »
How Do I Recycle My Old Mattresses?
Learn where you can donate and recycle old mattresses. Read More »
Paper vs Plastic: Can Laminated Paper Be Recycled?
Laminated Paper cannot be recycled due to differences in the recycling process. Read More »
We have several vinyl banners that we are hoping can be recycled. Do you have any suggestions on if this can be done and how?
Reusing/repurposing is better than recycling, since it takes less energy. Read More »
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. We've provided some tips for reusable cups and wine cork recycling. Read More »
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?
Congratulations! Fortunately, being made of paper, business cards are among those items that can be chucked into the recycling bin. However, if you lean towards the creative side, there are a number of ways in which you can reuse these cards. Read More »
How do I recycle floppy disks?
Recycle your old floppy disks Read More »
What do I do with clothes that aren't in good enough condition to donate to places like Goodwill?

Organizations like Goodwill and Salvation Army are happy to accept clothes in 'good' condition, which means they shouldn't be ripped or stained. However, for those clothes that have seen better days, there are still a number of options that will put them to good use:

  • 7th Generation Recycling accepts cotton clothing scraps, along with used clothing or textile items like pants, dresses, hats, shirts, drapes, curtains, blankets, towels, sheets, handbags, belts, paired shoes, and even stuffed animals! Conveniently, they have a green collection bin located on Lafayette St. near Frozo's.
  • Contact your local animal hospital. Some will accept clothing scraps to use as bedding for hospitalized animals.  

You can also reuse old clothes in the following ways around your home: 

  • Old tshirts are great to cut up and reuse as cleaning rags.
  • Use them in arts and crafts projects.
  • Save the buttons in case you lose some from your other clothes.

Be creative! These are only a few suggestions out of an infinite number of possibilities for reuse!

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Are CD's recyclable?

Currently, our Facilities department does not accept CD's as recyclable materials. However, there are a couple different options for you to recycle or reuse CD's:

  • If you're getting rid of store bought CD's (with the case and paper insert), you can donate them to a used CD store, or bring them to Goodwill/Salvation Army.
  • Or, you can send them to: 

             The Compact Disc Recycling Center of America
             68H Stiles Road
              Salem, NH 03079 

              This center will recycle the case and paper insert as well!

  • If you want to really get creative, here is a page with lots of suggestions for how to reuse the disk.  


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How do I recycle my prescription bottles?

Prescription bottles for the most part aren't recyclable. However, there are a couple things that you can do with your bottles after you've finished your medication:

-Leiter's Pharmacy (1700 Park Ave., 408-292-6772) will take unwanted and expired medications.

-There are many different ways to reuse a prescription bottle! They are great for storing small things that need to be kept dry or out of the reach of children. Here is a link that provides a couple ideas on how to reuse your bottle.

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Are Refrigerator Magnets Recyclable?

Refrigerator magnets are not commonly recycled materials, but they can be reused for other purposes. Here is a video on how to 'recycle' a refrigerator magnet:

Here are some other tips on how to reuse your magnet:

-Attach a strip to the side of your desk and use for storage of paperclips.

-Keep in the sewing kit for quick clean up of spilled needles and pins.

-Glue to a refillable pen and keep it on the fridge next to the grocery list or calendar.

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