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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 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 »

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 »

We have several vinyl banners that we are hoping can be recycled. Do you have any suggestions on if this can be done and how?

Posted on Friday, Jul. 29, 2011
Reusing/repurposing is better than recycling, since it takes less energy. Read More »
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I have a bunch of books I don't need... what should I do?

Posted on Thursday, Jun. 30, 2011
You can donate or recycle them. Please don't put them in the blue paper recycling bags, books are heavy and rip the bags. 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 »

How do I recycle floppy disks?

Posted on Wednesday, Apr. 28, 2010
Recycle your old floppy disks Read More »
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I live in Sunnyvale and have a lot of old papers lying around; do I have to recycle it separately from my newspapers?

Posted on Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2009
Mixed paper can be recycled along with newspaper. 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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