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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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What can I do with my old cassettes?
Learn ways on how to reuse your cassettes and where to recycle them. 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 »
I have a bunch of books I don't need... what should I do?
You can donate or recycle them. Please don't put them in the blue paper recycling bags, books are heavy and rip the bags. 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 »
At SCU, where do we send our ink cartridges to be recycled?
There are three easy options to recycle empty ink cartridges. Read More »
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.

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How do I recycle floppy disks?
Recycle your old floppy disks 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?
Mixed paper can be recycled along with newspaper. Read More »
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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My department has a lot of extra office supplies (binders, folders, etc.). Where can we send them?

One option is to donate these items to the Resource Area For Teachers (RAFT).

RAFT is a non-profit organization that believes hands-on teaching is the best way for teachers to teach and students to learn. They provide creative hands-on activities, educational resources, workshops and inexpensive materials, (many donated by local businesses), to enrich pre K-12 education and community group programs.

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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, or place a work order through AIM.

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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 hard and soft cover books?
Both hard and soft cover books can be recycled here at Santa Clara University. If you are planning on recycling a small amount of soft-cover books, they can be placed in the blue paper recycling bag or recycling bin. 
However, if you are planning on recycling a large amount of books, Facilities should be contacted for a pick up at extension 4742. 
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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".

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Where can I recycle newspapers?

newspapersNewspapers 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.
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Can light bulbs be recycled?

light bulbThe vast majority of recycling programs will not accept light bulbs (such as incandescent bulbs). However, under California's Universal Waste Rule, it is illegal to dispose of compact fluorescent lights (CFLs) (and other fluorescent lights).

A single CFL contains about 5 milligrams of mercury, which can be dangerous to humans and the environment if not disposed of properly. These and other items considered universal waste must be either sent to an authorized recycling facility or to a universal waste consolidator.

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