Recycling/Waste Diversion

The CSU Sustainability Policy calls for Sonoma State University to reduce its solid waste disposal rate by 80 percent by 2020, and then move to zero waste by reducing the amount of waste sent to the landfill to zero. We are very proud of our efforts made to date to continually reduce our landfill waste generated annually on campus, SSU is currently diverting 71.4% from the landfill annually. The campus recycles everything from food waste to computers to office furniture. Reference below for more information.


All plastic containers numbered 1 through 7, metals, aluminum foil, glass, as well as paper, magazines, and cardboard can be thrown together into any bin labeled "recycling" on campus. You can also throw rigid plastics, like buckets and laundry baskets, into the recycling dumpsters. We also accept clear film plastics (e.g., shrink wrap, clear plastic bags) in our recycling bins.

Composting and Food Waste Collection

With your help, SSU is keeping close to 156 tons of food waste and compostable materials out of the landfill each year.
View a complete list of accepted organic waste and composting for our campus.

Electronic Waste (E-waste), Batteries, Discs, Printer Cartridges, and Computers

E-waste is the name given to electronic products nearing the end of their "useful life." Computers, televisions, VCRs, stereos, copiers, cell phones, mp3 players, and fax machines are common electronic products. View a complete list of accepted electronic waste (E-waste) for our campus.

Other Recycling

Contact Facilities Management to have the following campus-generated items picked up for recycling:

  • Hard-bound books
  • Scrap metal and wire
  • Carpeting
  • Mixed rigid plastics
  • non-painted, non-pressure treated wood
  • Appliances
  • Laboratory and field equipment
  • Broken glass

Reuse Opportunities

The EPA recognizes reuse to have a lower environmental impact than recycling.  These are just some of the reuse opportunities on campus: 

Re-usable office equipment and furniture:

Contact Facilities Management to request a pick-up.


During move-out at the end of each semester Housing and Facilities Management gather a collection of reusable items left behind; that are donated to local thrift stores.

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List of Recyclable Materials

Mixed Recycling

These materials are accepted in the mixed recycling containers:

  • Metal  Containers
    • Aluminum, steel, and tin cans  (do not crush)
    • Aluminum foil (clean and balled)
    • Pie pans
    • Aerosol cans (empty)
    • Metal jar lids and steel bottle caps (loose)
  • Paper milk and juice cartons
    • NO straws
    • NO cartons with mylar lining
  • Colored or clear glass
    • Please remove caps
    • NO light bulbs
    • NO Pyrex
    • NO window glass or mirrors
  • Plastics #1-7
    • NO plastic bags
    • NO polystyrene foam
  • Mixed Paper
    • Newspaper
    • Magazines
    • White and colored paper
    • Envelopes
    • Soft-bound books (plastic bindings OK)
    • NO plastic coated or carbon paper
    • NO paper plates, cups, or napkins
  • Cardboard
    • NO pizza boxes
    • NO food take away containers

Tin Can

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Organic Waste and Compost

These materials are accepted in the organic waste and compost collection containers:

  • Food waste
    • Fruits
    • Vegetables
    • Legumes
    • Grains
    • Egg shells
    • Coffee grounds
    • Tea and tea bags
    • NO dairy
    • NO meat
  • Soiled paper products
    • Napkins
    • Paper cups
    • Paper plates
    • Pizza boxes
    • Unlined paper take away containers
    • NO compostable plastics

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These materials are accepted as electronic waste (E-waste):

  • Batteries
  • Small electronics
  • Discs and CDs
  • Ink Cartridges
  • Cell phones
  • Monitors (LCD or CRT)


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Large Items, Scrap, and Other Items

Contact Facilities Management about recycling these other materials:

  • Large mixed rigid plastics
    • For examples: plastic chairs and plastic totes
  • Scrap metal and wire
    • For example: metal framed bookcase
  • Large Electronics
  • Hard-bound books
  • Carpeting
  • Laboratory and field equipment
  • Broken glass

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