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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.

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 »

How Do I Recycle My Old Mattresses?

Posted on Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2011
Learn where you can donate and recycle old mattresses. 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 »

Can you compost Paper Towels? Yes!

Posted on Monday, Sep. 19, 2011
Paper towels (and any other paper products that DO NOT have plastic linings, pathogens, or bodily fluids)can be composted along with all other food scraps and compostable items. 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 »

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

How do I recycle floppy disks?

Posted on Wednesday, Apr. 28, 2010
Recycle your old floppy disks Read More »
 
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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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