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Waste Diversion in Residence Halls

These guidelines identify materials that can be recycled and composted in SCU residence halls.



These items should be composted by placing in a residence hall's external waste/recycling area.

  • iconCompostable Items

    • Leftover food
    • Food-soiled paper & cardboard
    • Dining Services to-go
    • Coffee & tea
    • Plants
    • Paper towels
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  • iconPersonal Compost Pail

    Residents can acquire a personal compost pail to use in their room during the school year. Pails are distributed the first two weeks of school at information sessions. Contact to find out when information sessions will occur near your Residence Hall.



These items should be recycled by placing in a residence hall's external waste/recycling area, or at a residence hall's service desk.
  • iconMixed Recycling

    • Plastic: all types. Please empty and rinse as appropriate.
    • Thin-film plastic: plastic bags (dry cleaning, bread, grocery) and plastic wrap (Cellophane, shrink wrap). Please bundle in a clear bag and knot the top.
    • Metal
    • Glass
    • Paper: white/colored paper, newspaper, magazines, paperboard boxes, photographs. Staples and tape are OK.
    • Milk Cartons

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  • iconCardboard

    • Corrugated cardboard, including clean pizza box tops. Please flatten all boxes. Please place in the gray cart in the residence hall's external waste area.
  • iconUniversal Waste

    • Batteries, cell phones, cords, light bulbs, ink cartridges, CD/DVDs. Please recycle at service desk containers.
  • iconElectronic Waste (E-Waste)

    • Items with an electric cord or battery. Please place in residence hall external waste area, near the "e-waste" sign.

Reusable Items

Items that can be reused should be donated or re-purposed.

  • iconSwap with a friend, or donate to the Swap for Good or during Move Out

    • Clothing (still wearable)
    • Shoes
    • Small housewares
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