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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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How do I recycle long fluorescent lighting tubes?
Thanks for recycling these! Many places will accept long fluorescent tubes to recycle. Read More »
At SCU, where do we send our ink cartridges to be recycled?
There are three easy options to recycle empty ink cartridges. Read More »
How do I recycle floppy disks?
Recycle your old floppy disks Read More »
Is there a charge on very large E-Waste?

E-Waste is treated the same no matter what the size; there are no limits or extra charges depending on the size of it.

Students in the residence halls should place e-waste in the designated spot in their recycling and waste area (there should be a sign that reads "e-waste")

Faculty and staff should contact Facilities at extension 4742 or email to arrange for a pick up. If you are set up to use FAMIS, you can also submit a work order directly to Facilities.

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How are electronic companies trying to make computers more eco-friendly? What are the environmental benefits of reusing and recycling e-waste? What are the potential environmental impacts if we do not recycle e-waste?

E-waste is a huge environmental problem we are facing today. Many companies are working on reducing the environmental impact of their electronics because most electronics are difficult to recycle, contain a number of hazardous materials, consume a huge amount of energy, and create a lot of waste through the process of production. Apple has just developed a new laptop that is highly recyclable, uses less energy, contains less toxic materials such as arsenic and mercury, and has reduced packaging. Also, because the battery lasts longer, there will be less battery waste. As of recently, a new standard of measurement (Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool) has been created to rate the environmental impact of desktop computers, notebook computers, and monitors. The Dell Latitude D630, with Intel Centrino processor technology, is the first laptop system that met the gold status with EPEAT. One of the best ways to make a computer or electronic device more eco-friendly is lengthening the lifetime and durability, so they don't need to be replaced as often.

There is an overwhelming amount of health and environmental problems associated with the life cycle of e-waste, from the production to disposal. Not only is a vast amount of e-waste disposed in landfills, but e-waste results in massive amounts of wastewater and other hazardous wastes. Estimates suggest that 50%-80% of e-waste is shipped to impoverished, rural areas in Asia. Villages, rivers, and groundwater supplies become poisoned with this waste. Unprotected laborers are paid miniscule amounts to dismantle the computers, wihch releases incredibly toxic fumes that damage their health and the surrounding environment.

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I don't really understand the difference between ink cartridges and receptacles in terms of recycling. Many places will even pay for used cartridges, but I am unable to find any information about recycling my used receptacles. Can you help?

At the moment, the Canon Clean Earth Program does not accept the ink receptacles, but they are working on a solution.

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I know facilities can come to pick up TV's and remote controls to recycle. Can they also recycle printers?

All e-waste can be recycled at Santa Clara University. E-waste includes materials that use batteries or have an electronic cord. A printer is an acceptable example of E-waste.

Students in the residence halls should place e-waste in the designated spot in their recycling and waste area (there should be a sign that reads "e-waste").

Faculty and staff should contact Facilities at extension 4742 to arrange for a pick up.

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I have a dead computer. How can I get it recycled?

You will need to contact Facilities to arrange for pick-up. Your computer will be responsibly recycled this way.

This can happen a couple ways:

  1. call or e-mail Facilities with your request (x4742 or
  2. submit a work order directly if you are set up to use FAMIS.
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My paper shredder stopped functioning and I have just replaced it. How can I recycle the old one?

Please call or e-mail Facilities (x4742 or to request an e-waste pick up.

If you have access to FAMIS, you can submit a work order request yourself.

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I am confused about the mixed recycling program. What belongs in mixed recycling, and where do I put recyclables?

Mixed recycling:

All paper, plastics (#1-7), aluminum, glass, and tin should be placed in containers labeled with the following: a recycling symbol (outdoor cement bins), "mixed recycling", "co-mingle recycling", "recycling", "aluminum", "glass", and "plastic". Most of these bins are square and maroon. 
Cardboard, e-waste, and universal waste do not belong in mixed recycling.
  • 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!

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How should I recycle during a campus office move?
During a campus office move you can recycle the same materials that you would normally recycle. However, if you are anticipating recycling a larger amount of materials than usual (a stack of books, for example) please contact Facilities at extension 4742 to request large recycling bins. Also, Facilities should be contacted to pick up any e-waste being recycled. For more helpful tips on how to reduce waste during a campus office move visit the Faculty and Staff Sustainability website.
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Does SCU recycle televisions?
Yes, SCU does recycle televisions. Televisions are a form of e-waste, which is anything that uses a battery or an electric cord. Signs in the residence halls’ recycling/waste area should instruct students where to place e-waste. Those wishing to recycle e-waste in the office should call Facilities for a pick up at extension 4742. 
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What should I do with e-waste?

Directions for recycling e-waste in campus residence halls are posted in each building's waste collection area.

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What is e-waste?

E-waste is anything that uses a battery or electric cord. All e-waste can be recycled at Santa Clara University.
Here are some examples:

  • computer
  • lamp
  • remote control
  • hair dryer
  • Super Nintendo
  • alarm clock
  • fan
  • hair straightener
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Does the recycling at SCU go to city/county recycling plants? Who recycles the material?

eugenio driving a recycling cartAfter 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.
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