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Frequently Asked Questions about Recycling, Composting, and Waste

The SCU community can e-mail recycling@scu.edu 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 »

Can Plastic Bags Be Recycled On Campus?

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

Paper vs Plastic: Can Laminated Paper Be Recycled?

Posted on Tuesday, Sep. 20, 2011
Laminated Paper cannot be recycled due to differences in the recycling process. Read More »

Why do we have compost containers in some buildings on campus and not on others?

Posted on Wednesday, May. 25, 2011
The Office of Sustainability and Facilities Department have been collaborating on a university-wide Recycling System Upgrade for all SCU buildings. The program is intended to facilitate recycling and composting, increase waste diversion on campus, and standardize the appearance of our bins (no more old faded labels!). The order in which the buildings are upgraded depends on a variety of factors including bin availability, custodial service training, and communication with building administrators. Read More »

I'm an off-campus student. What are the rules for Santa Clara's curbside recycling program?

Posted on Friday, Apr. 29, 2011
Luckily, the rules for off-campus recycling are relatively similar to the ones on-campus; both programs are single-stream, meaning you don't have to sort out all the different types of recyclables. Read More »

I recently received a promotion and have old business cards that I can no longer hand out. Are there good ways to reuse these, or should I just send them to the recycling bin?

Posted on Tuesday, Oct. 5, 2010
Congratulations! Fortunately, being made of paper, business cards are among those items that can be chucked into the recycling bin. However, if you lean towards the creative side, there are a number of ways in which you can reuse these cards. Read More »

What are "Plastics #1-7"?

Posted on Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2009
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How do I recycle textbooks?

Posted on Wednesday, Jul. 9, 2008
 
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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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