New Office Waste Diversion Plan
University offices are switching to a new recycling collection process. Learn about the new program here, and submit your feedback by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
All work stations will be provided with the following prior to their department's switch
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.
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.
Did you know:
SCU switched to "single-stream recycling" so paper can be mixed with aluminum, tin, glass, and plastics.
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About the new process
Our office waste collection procedures will change to support the University's goal of diverting 95% of waste from landfills. Waste can be diverted by being reused
, or composted
The new procedures will facilitate waste diversion by making desk-side recycling easier -- custodians will now empty your desk-side recycling container. Also, we now collect compostable materials, which account for the majority of our waste stream. To help us reduce landfill waste, we will empty our own landfill waste containers on an as-needed basis into one of the common receptacles conveniently located in our building's common areas.
Which buildings have the new system?
This process began in November 2009. About one building was upgraded per month, with a few periods of hiatus. There are only a few remaining campus buildings that haven't been upgraded yet.
- Most recyclable materials can now be placed in the same container! (**with the exception of cardboard, electronic waste, and universal waste, see below).
Food waste collection for composting
- Please place compostable materials (food waste and biodegradable serviceware) in the compost receptacle in your break room/common area.
- What to compost: food scraps, brown napkins, tea bags, coffee filters, coffee grounds, take-out containers from Bon Appetit (compostable service ware includes: utensils, plates, cups, food containers).
- Where to compost: Common area, compost receptacle
- Custodians will 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.
- The amount of landfill waste produced by individuals at our desks will significantly decrease 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 (hanging from recycling 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.
Other Recyclable Items
- cardboard should be flattened and placed near blue paper recycling bags.
- electronic waste is any broken appliance that used an electric cord or battery. Please contact Facilities to request a pick-up (x4742 or Facilities-CSC@scu.edu).
- 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 Facilities-CSC@scu.edu)
Help us make this successful
We would like to thank you in advance for your cooperation.
Please send any questions, comments, or suggestions to email@example.com 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!