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Waste Diversion

operations-waste In 2012, SCU disposed of 1,836 tons of waste, which includes 904 tons of landfill waste, 392 tons of recyclables, and 541 tons of compostable material. 

Containers, labels, and instructional signs have been replaced throughout campus to standardize the University's waste diversion system. Colors on signs and container labels: Recycling = Blue; Landfill waste = Red/Black; Compost = Green.

New initiatives include food waste composting and changes in our office desk-side recycling and waste processes. See Recycling & Waste on the Facilities website for more information.

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FAQs

Do you have questions about recycling, composting, or waste at SCU? We've got answers. For immediate answers, text your questions to 51FAQWASTE.

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Waste Diversion Systems

Learn more about recycling and composting containers, procedures, and systems in campus offices, residence halls, and campus events.

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Waste Characterizations

These help SCU determine what we're discarding into our waste systems and how to improve or expand waste reduction, recycling, and composting programs. 

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Recycle

SCU recycles plastic, glass, metal (including tin cans), aluminum cans, mixed paper (including shoe boxes, magazines, and junk mail), white/colored paper, corrugated cardboard, and the latest, bundled plastic bags.

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Compost

Composting was introduced to the campus in the fall of 2009, and is available in academic buildings, offices, and residence hall areas.

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Landfill

SCU can recycle or compost the majority of the waste generated on campus. 

Recent News

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Take Action: Natural Resources
Take Action: Natural Resources

Our individual actions collectively can make a difference. REDUCE: paper junk mail to your home. REUSE: an eco-tray. RECYCLE: material into an eco-fashion outfit. RESPECT: our sources of water.

Athletics & Recreation Sustainability Initiatives
Athletics & Recreation Sustainability Initiatives

Athletics and Recreation has undertaken numerous projects to integrate sustainability into the lives of all Bronco athletes, fitness lovers, and Malley Center users.

Did You Know?
Did You Know?

This year marks the first annual Bottled Water Free Commencement at SCU for Law, Grad, and Undergrad ceremonies, as well as the Alumni Picnic. Santa Clara will be joining dozens of schools across the nation in eliminating unnecessary waste, and promoting our sustainability and social justice values.

Contact Us

Center for Sustainability
Santa Clara University
500 El Camino Real
Santa Clara, CA 95053 sustainability@scu.edu