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Frequently Asked Questions about Recycling, Composting, and Waste

The SCU community can e-mail recycling@scu.edu their questions about recycling, composting, and waste on campus. This blog will provide answers to those questions.

What Should I Do With My Plastic Bags?

Posted on Tuesday, May. 22, 2012
Plastic bags and thin plastic liners should be bundled together before disposing in the recycling bin. Read More »

Are Frozen Food Packages Recyclable?

Posted on Tuesday, Mar. 6, 2012
Check the type frozen food packaging to see if it is recyclable. Read More »

Is bubble wrap recyclable?

Posted on Monday, Jan. 23, 2012
Bubble wrap is recyclable on campus, but there are many ways to reuse it as well. Read More »

What can I do with my old cassettes?

Posted on Thursday, Jan. 12, 2012
Learn ways on how to reuse your cassettes and where to recycle them. Read More »

Are Overhead Transparencies Recyclable?

Posted on Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2012
Overhead transparencies cannot be recycled on campus. Read about your options for keeping these from the landfill. Read More »

How Do I Recycle My Old Mattresses?

Posted on Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2011
Learn where you can donate and recycle old mattresses. Read More »

Can Plastic Bags Be Recycled On Campus?

Posted on Thursday, Oct. 20, 2011
Yes, Plastic bags can be recycled on campus. Read More »

Paper vs Plastic: Can Laminated Paper Be Recycled?

Posted on Tuesday, Sep. 20, 2011
Laminated Paper cannot be recycled due to differences in the recycling process. Read More »

Can you compost Paper Towels? Yes!

Posted on Monday, Sep. 19, 2011
Paper towels (and any other paper products that DO NOT have plastic linings, pathogens, or bodily fluids)can be composted along with all other food scraps and compostable items. 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?

Posted on Friday, Jul. 29, 2011
Reusing/repurposing is better than recycling, since it takes less energy. Read More »
 
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The Basics:
  • Recycling: paper, plastic (#1-#7), glass, aluminum, tin. Look for BLUE.
  • Compost: food waste, biodegradable material, (if it was once alive, it can be composted!). Look for GREEN.
  • Landfill waste: everything else! Look for RED or BLACK.
 
 
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