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Frequently Asked Questions About Waste Diversion
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Are Frozen Food Packages Recyclable?
I'm an off-campus student. What are the rules for Santa Clara's curbside recycling program?
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 should I recycle during a campus office move?
Can I recycle the tops of pizza boxes when they are clean?
Please place pizza boxes in COMPOST containers.
If this is not an option where you are, please remove the top of the box (only if it is clean) and recycle with corrugated cardboard.
Generally, we do not recycle pizza boxes because the cheese and grease from the pizza contaminates the box, rendering it unable to be recycled into new products. However, since many times only the bottom part of the box is contaminated, it is sometimes possible to separate and recycle the top. If, and only if, the top of the box is clean, recycle it with corrugated cardboard.Read More »
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.