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 Are Overhead Transparencies Recyclable?

Posted on Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2012

Overhead transparencies cannot be recycled on campus. They require a different process of recycling since the plastic has special coatings on it that allow the ink and toner to adhere to the surface (

Even though they can't be recycled in your regular bin, there are still many options of disposal for you to choose from. RAFT (Resource Area For Teaching) accepts these items and they can be dropped off at either their San Jose or Sunnyvale locations. They will donate these items for teachers and students to use. For more information on how to donate to RAFT, click on this link: You can also send them to 3M’s recycling program in Pennsylvania. To learn where to send them, click on this link:

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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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