Facilities Services manages the collection of recyclable items on the CSUDH campus. We encourage you to actively participate and support the recycling activities on our campus. A few good reasons to pitch in:

  1. Landfills are expensive and space is diminishing.
  2. Toxic materials need to be separated, so they don't leach into our groundwater.
  3. Existing law requires state agencies to adopt a waste management plan and divert at least 50% solid waste from landfills. Senate Bill 1016, the Solid Waste Disposal Measurement Act of 2008, allows for focus on waste management program implementation rather than numerical measurement of the disposal rate, and thereby eliminates the necessity for an annual generation study.
  4. As energy costs continue to rise and natural resources become depleted, it is more important than ever to make environmentally-friendly choices to protect our earth for current and future generations.

Recycling containers are provided to faculty, staff, students, and visitors throughout the campus, and collection is performed by the campus' Recycling Coordinator. Please place only recyclable materials in the collection containers marked for recycling. See the lists below showing what can and cannot be recycled.


Blue Recycle Containers

The blue recycling containers come in three (3) different sizes: "small" for under the desk; "medium" for hallways, lobbies, or large offices; and "large" (wheeled) for copy rooms and storage rooms.

What items and materials can and cannot be recycled?


  • Paper, including cardboard*
  • Envelopes and junk mail
  • Phone books, magazines, and newsprint
  • Books (paperback and hardcover)
  • Transparencies
  • Plastics (#1 and #2)
  • All empty beverage containers
  • Glass, plastic, and aluminum
  • Other items accepted for recycling are scrap metal,
    green waste, construction and demolition materials,
    and wood pallets

Do Not Recycle:

  • Aerosol cans
  • Ceramic materials
  • Food
  • Hazardous material
  • Kleenex
  • Light bulbs
  • Paper cups or paper towels
  • Stryofoam
  • Wax paper
*Self-dumping tilt hoppers (for cardboard only) are located at the following locations:
  • Loker Student Union (loading dock)
  • SBS Building (north side of the building, in the small parking area next to the trash bin)
  • NSM (south side of the building, next to the trash bin)
  • University Theater (north side of the building, next to the trash bin)
Universal Waste

The following universal waste and materials require special handling for recycling or disposal. Please use the guidelines below:

  • Alkaline, rechargeable nickel cadmium, silver button, mercury, small sealed lead acid, and carbon zinc batteries are accepted for recycling. Please put in a bag and place next to recycle bin. Please mark "Batteries-Recycle."
  • Fluorescent tubes contain mercury and should be picked up by the Office of Risk Management/Environmental Health and Occupational Safety. Contact the RM/EHOS office at (310) 243-2895.
  • Toner and ink jet cartridges may be recycled through our recycling services.  Please place the used cartridges back in the original packaging (or in the package your new cartridge came in), or any plastic bag, and place in a blue recycle bin. You may call the Recycle Coordinator for pick up, if necessary.
Electronic Waste (e-waste)

Staff and faculty with e-waste that originated on campus (with a CSUDH inventory sticker) should contact the Asset Manager to arrange for pick up.

Hazardous Waste
  • Asbestos and lead may only be handled by trained and certified personnel. If you believe asbestos or lead containing materials have been damaged or disturbed, please contact the Facilities Services office at (310) 243-3804, or contact Risk Management/Environmental Health and Occupational Safety at (310) 243-2895.
  • Hazardous waste is handled by the Office of Environmental Health and Occupational Safety.
What do we do with recyclable items?

All recyclable materials are transported to our recycling area located at the Physical Plant yard. The materials are then separated into different categories and placed in three yard containers, which are then sent to our recycling vendor for recycling.

For questions regarding recycling, or if your container needs emptying, or to request additional containers, please contact the Recycling Coordinator at (310) 243-2161, or email Jose Robledo.

The Recycling Coordinator welcomes your comments, concerns, and suggestions that will assist in improving this noteworthy university program.

Office Hours:
Monday - Friday,
8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Location: Physical Plant
Map to Building 80 [PDF]

Recycling Coordinator
Jose Robledo
(310) 243-2161 or 3804

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