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Recycling Brigades

The Center for Sustainability and Campus Recreation have partnered to bring Recycling Brigades, including Terracycle, to campus.


Brita Filters Recycled. Current open brigade. 


Energy bar wrappers collected 4/13 - 2/20 - brigade closed 2/20.  


Personal care & beauty products recycled. Current open brigade. 


Campus Recreation has joined the TerraCycle recycling brigade! TerraCycle is a recycling company that takes hard-to-recycle items and repurposes them into new materials or products. Instead of throwing away our waste, we are finding new uses for them.

Q: Where can I drop off items to be TerraCycled?

A: There are two blue bins in the Malley Center hallway outside the courts where you can drop off your items.

blue bin

View the SCU Sustainability Features Google map of campus to find the locations of TerraCycle bins at SCU.

Q: What can I TerraCycle?

A: In collaboration with the Center for Sustainability, Campus Recreation has joined the following TerraCycle Brigades Brita Brigade, Personal Care & Beauty Products and the Tom's of Maine Brigade. (Terracycle has canceled the paired shoes, energy bar, and writing utensil brigades). 

Q: How do I know what can be TerraCycled?

A: Click on the accordions below to find out more!

Terracycle Brigades

Recycle Brita pitchers, dispensers, bottles, faucet systems, all filters, and filter packaging as part of the Brita Brigade.

Other Recycling Options

Other hard-to-recycle items can be recycled through the University. 

Q: What can I recycle in the blue bins?

A: You can bring your old batteries, CDs & DVDs, and thin plastic. These items will be recycled through the university. We do not accept e-waste or CF lightbulbs. Please contact Facilities directly to pick up these items 408-554-4742. 

Q: Where are the blue bins?

A: The blue bins are in the main hallway of the Malley Center to the left of the check-in desk. 


Hair care packaging (shampoo and conditioner bottles/caps, hair gel tubes/caps, hair spray bottles/caps)

Skin care packaging (lib balm tubes, face soap dispensers/tubes, face lotion bottles, body wash/lotion bottles/caps)

Cosmetics packaging (lipstick cases, lip gloss tubes, mascara tubes, eye shadow cases, bronzer cases, foundation packaging)


Oral hygiene + Other personal care: Mouthwash bottles and caps, deodorant containers and caps, toothpaste tubes and caps, soap packaging, floss containers, and toothbrushes.