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Frequently Asked Questions About Waste Diversion
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Are Frozen Food Packages Recyclable?
Paper vs Plastic: Can Laminated Paper Be Recycled?
Can you compost Paper Towels? Yes!
I have a bunch of books I don't need... what should I do?
I'm an off-campus student. What are the rules for Santa Clara's curbside recycling program?
I have a stack of carbonless copy forms that I can't use. Is it harmful to recycle this kind of paper?
Quick answer: Nope, carbonless paper can be safely recycled like most other paper.
What is carbonless paper?
Carbonless paper is typically used when filling out forms. It consists of sheets of paper (usually of different colors) that are coated with micro-encapsulated dye or ink and/or reactive clay. Pressure applied to the top sheet breaks tiny micro-capsules on the backside of the paper, which then react with the clay on the top the next sheet to form a permanent mark. This is repeated for however many sheets are in the stack, often resulting in stronger markings near the top sheet and fainter markings near the bottom sheet. Carbonless paper can be used for longhand as well as mechanical writing, such as typewriters.
Carbonless paper should not be confused with carbon paper, a black inky sheet placed between two sheets of paper to make a pressure copy. Carbon paper cannot be recycled.Read More »
I live in Sunnyvale and have a lot of old papers lying around; do I have to recycle it separately from my newspapers?
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 »
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.