Sustainability/Zero Waste


The Office of Sustainability, housed under the department of Facilities Services, works collaboratively with stakeholders in administration, academics, and student services to promote and implement sustainability practices across campus. Please refer to the Sustainability page for more information.

The Office of Sustainability manages the campus zero waste system, and directly handles recycling services to reduce CSUDH's impact on landfill streams. Below is some additional information on the types of waste recycled on campus.


Almost every waste receptacle on campus features three options for trash:

  • Landfill - trash that cannot be recycled or composted
  • Mixed Recycling - recyclable materials
  • Compost - food scraps

Please visit the Office of Sustainability Waste Management page to learn more about specific materials that are accepted and not accepted in these receptacles.

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:

  • Battery recycling containers and pick-up services are available to campus offices upon request to Facilities Work Control at Ext. 3587. Campus users may also drop off batteries at the Visitor Information Center (WH 2nd Floor), COE mailroom (COE 1403), LCH E303, and the Office of Sustainability at NSM F-127.
  • 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 contact Work Control at Ext. 3587 to arrange pick up.
Electronic Waste (e-waste)

All IT-branded assets must be received through Asset Management for recycling/disposal. When requesting your pick-up, you can also include for recycling non-IT small electronic assets such as office toasters, coffee makers, microwaves, etc. Contact Asset Management at Ext. 2376 for pick-up of these items.

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 waste  materials collected from the campus are placed in the appropriate containers from our commercial haulers for further processing into waste or recycling streams. If your waste or recycling container needs emptying, to request additional containers, or request pick-up of waste or recyclable materials please contact Work Control at Ext. 3587. If you have questions on what qualifies as an acceptable material for recycling, please visit the Office of Sustainability website, or email


Office of Sustainability
(310) 243-2303