Santa Clara University


Waste Diversion during Move-Out

SCU understand that Finals Week can be stressful and hectic. We have implemented programs to provide easy options for responsible recycling and donations. In the last five years, students have diverted over 25 tons of material during the move-out process. Our individual actions to sort our stuff during move-out not only help to reduce our impact on the environment, but also help SCU to save money in landfill fees!

Scroll through the categories below and check out the maps of your residence hall (alphabetically) to learn what to do with all your stuff as you pack up for the summer.

  • Donations
    • Please neatly place your donations to the big cardboard bins in your residence hall lobby. Donations to Hope Services are a great way of keeping your perfectly good reusables out of the landfill! A good rule to follow about donating items is that you would feel comfortabel giving them to a family member or close friend. Hope Services is a nonprofit agency that helps individuals with developmental disabilities to become valued and participating members of their communities. They accept the following items:

acceptable donations list
  • Recycling
    The regular waste and recycling areas will be closed during move-out week to prevent overflow. There will be designated recycling containers near every trash dumpster. Read your building's instructions to find the recycling area nearest you. Bring recyclables such as glass, plastics #1-7, aluminum, paper and cardboard to these areas. Please flatten cardboard items and place next to the bin.
  • Carpets
    SCU will recycle your old carpets. Please leave your (rolled!) carpets in the grass next to the staked sign labeled "CARPETS".
  • E-waste
    Electronic waste (e-waste) is anything with a cord or battery. If your items work, please donate them to Hope Services or a friend. If not, bring them to the staked signs labeled "E-WASTE" so they can be properly recycled. Don't throw e-waste away! If not recycled properly, it can be extremely hazardous to the people that end up dealing with it.
  • Food
    Food 4 Fines
    : Bring non-perishable items to the library and receive $2 off your fines for every item you bring. The most needed foods are powdered milk, peanut butter, meals-in-a-can (stew, chili, soup), 100% fruit juices, and canned foods with pop-top lids. Food 4 Fines continues through June 1st, at the library's circulation desk.
    Second Harvest Food Bank:
    Donate non-perishable items to the barrels by Cellar Market, or donate up to $50 of your leftover food points.


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Center for Sustainability
Santa Clara University
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Santa Clara, CA 95053