Santa Clara University

sustainability at scu

Waste Diversion in Offices

University offices have switched to a new recycling collection process. Learn about the new program here, and submit your feedback by e-mailing

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To request 8.5" x 11" laminated signs to post above your common-area containers, please contact Facilities ( or x4742).


All work stations are provided with the following

  • new recycle binRecycling Receptacle

    Blue container
    Recycling items: glass, plastics #1-7, aluminum, metal (includes aluminum foil), and paper. Paper includes white/colored paper, junk mail, cereal boxes, shoeboxes, newspapers, and magazines.
  • new wastebin mdLandfill Waste

    Small black container
    Landfill waste: anything that is not recyclable or compostable.
    This is a temporary container for your landfill waste. Please empty the contents of this container into your common area waste container.

About the new process

Our office waste collection procedures support the University's goal of diverting 95% of waste from landfills. Waste can be diverted by being reused, recycled, or composted.

These procedures facilitate waste diversion by making desk-side recycling easier--custodians empty your desk-side recycling container. 

Also, we now collect compostable materials in common areas, which account for the majority of our waste stream. 

To help us reduce landfill waste, we empty our own landfill waste containers on an as-needed basis into our common area waste receptacle.

  • newrecyclebinmdRecycling

    • Most recyclable materials can now be placed in the same container! (**with the exception of cardboard, electronic waste, and universal waste, see below).
  • compost collection binCompostable waste

    • Please place compostable materials (food waste and biodegradable serviceware) in the compost receptacle in your break room/common area.
    • What to compost: food scraps, napkins, paper towels, tea bags, coffee filters, coffee grounds, take-out containers from Bon Appetit (compostable service ware includes: napkins, plates, cups, food containers).
    • Where to compost: Common area, compost receptacle
    • Custodians empty this container as often as needed. Compostable materials are taken to an off-site composting facility.
    • View an image of items that can be composted on campus.
  • newwastebinopenmdLandfill waste

    • The amount of landfill waste produced by individuals at our desks is significantly decreasing through active recycling and composting. Please recycle and compost as much as you can. To ensure the cleanliness of your desk-side landfill waste receptacle, all compostable materials should be placed in the shared compost receptacle.
    • Two places to dispose of landfill waste:
      • Desk-side, black landfill waste receptacle
      • Common area, maroon waste receptacle
    • Every SCU employee will empty his or her own landfill waste container into the common area waste receptacle as needed.
    • View an image of items that cannot be composted or recycled on campus.
  • envelopesmOther Recyclable Items

    •  cardboard should be flattened and placed near any common-area recycling container.
    • electronic waste is any broken appliance that used an electric cord or battery. Please contact Facilities to request a pick-up (x4742 or
    • universal waste is any hazardous waste. At SCU, this typically includes batteries, ink cartridges, compact fluorescent light bulbs, and cell phones. Please send small items to Facilities via intercampus mail, or contact Facilities to request a pick-up (x4742 or
  • recycle signHelp us make this successful

    We would like to thank you in advance for your cooperation. 

    Please send any questions, comments, or suggestions to so we can address any issues that arise. Your suggestions will be instrumental in creating the most efficient program possible.

    By participating in this program you will help create a more sustainable SCU!