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Frequently Asked Questions about Recycling, Composting, and Waste

The SCU community can e-mail 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 »

Can Plastic Bags Be Recycled On Campus?

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

Morning after. What do I do with all these solo cups, bottles, and cans around my house?

Posted on Friday, Apr. 29, 2011
No worries, you can both drink responsibly as well as clean up responsibly. We've provided some tips for reusable cups and wine cork recycling. Read More »

I'm confused about our new Starbucks cups. Are they compostable?

Posted on Thursday, Sep. 30, 2010
if you look on the slightly different Starbucks cup we have, it says: "This cup is compostable where commercial composting programs exist." Here is where the answer gets tricky. Read More »

At SCU, where do we send our ink cartridges to be recycled?

Posted on Monday, Aug. 23, 2010
There are three easy options to recycle empty ink cartridges. Read More »

What's the deal with polystyrene?

Posted on Wednesday, May. 12, 2010

What are "Plastics #1-7"?

Posted on Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2009
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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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