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Recycling/Waste Diversion


Facilities Management is committed to support the mission and goals of the university through sustainable efforts from the planning and design process, to construction, to daily maintenance operations and facility related services. SSU’s Sustainability Operations works with partners across campus to create a more sustainable, resilient, and equitable university.

In accordance with AB 2048, we have made available the current agreement between our contracted solid waste and recycling haulers and SSU.

We look forward to working with you to make Sonoma State sustainable.


Single Stream Recycling

What Can Be Recycled?

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.

How to recycle?

Keep your recyclables loose and clean - all containers need to be cleaned and rinsed of all food material prior to recycling. Recycling items need to be placed in recycling bin as individual items un-bagged.  Please do not put plastic bags in the recycling bins as they tend to jam our recycling machinery. 

Note: Kitchen/waste trash bags are not recyclable. Please empty recyclable contents into the recycling bin and dispose of your kitchen/waste bag into the trash bin.

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.
Scroll down for 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" and are typically items with an electronic cord such as computers, televisions, VCRs, stereos, copiers, cell phones, mp3 players, and fax machines are common electronic products. Scroll down for a complete list of accepted electronic waste (E-waste) for our campus.

If you have any e-waste items to dispose of, please submit a work order and our team will pick it up!

Other Recycling

Submit a work order to have the following campus-generated items picked up for recycling:

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


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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

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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Empty coke cans
Green glassbottles
Cardboard box
Food scraps going into a composter.
Desktop mac computer. ipad, keyboard and mouse.
2 double A batteries
Stack of books
Stainless Steel Refrigerator.
Broken glass on the ground
Miscellaneous cables
4 carpet samples, red, green, purple and off-white.

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