Waste Management

Waste Management

Universities across the country send millions of tons of trash to the landfill every year. To help reduce CSUDH’s impact, we have instituted a comprehensive recycling program on campus with the goal of improving our diversion rates and keeping as much material out of the landfill as we can.

You can do your part by practicing the three R’s: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle (in that order). It's important to know how to recycle appropriately, and know what materials require special pick-up by Facilities Management.

After looking through the information below, test your knowledge by taking our 10-question educational quiz on how to properly sort the trash you encounter while on campus. You may even be eligible for a prize drawing!


Reducing your consumption and re-using items is the fastest and easiest way to keep things out of the landfill. See below for some ideas on how to limit extraneous purchasing and protect the environment. Your wallet will thank you!

  • Bring your reusable cup or bottle to fill up at our on-campus eateries and coffee shops to get a discount on your purchase.
  • Use reusable water bottles instead of plastic one-use bottles and fill up at one of our hydration stations (now available campus-wide on every water fountain). 
  • Need a piece of office furniture? Save money and pick out a piece of furniture from our on-campus warehouse. Or, do you have an old piece of furniture that no longer fits? Call Facilities Management at x2358 to donate or pick-up desks, office chairs, hutches, and more.
  • Do you want a new office chair but aren’t sure if it will be comfortable? Contact EHOS at x3012 to take advantage of their ergonomic office chair loaner program. You’ll be able to try out a chair for a couple weeks to make sure you like it instead of having to immediately commit to buying one you may not like.
  • Does your lab have extra chemicals and supplies it no longer wants or vice versa? Make sure to keep your RSS records up to date and see if you can share with fellow labs first.  (Check out more tips for running a greener lab on our Green Labs Poster as part of our ongoing Green Labs Program).   
  • Did you know the Bookstore offers a discounted rental and buyback program for textbooks? Save some green by going green!
  • Use Toro Tokens/reusable containers at Toro Fresh. Toro Token Info Flyer [PDF]


If you must throw something away, please make sure it gets recycled if possible. Keeping your recyclables clean and empty will also go a long way to not contaminating the rest of the materials. In the case of cardboard and paper, liquids from beverages can contaminate them so badly they can no longer be recycled. You will notice that most locations have a three-bin system that can accept landfill materials (trash), mixed recycling, and compost (food waste).

Here is a list of materials the campus accepts through Republic Services, our trash and recycling provider and/or consult the Recycling 101 Guide and Guidance Flyer below:

As part of our zero waste system, CSUDH waste receptacles (known as zero waste stations) both inside and outside of our campus buildings all feature three compartments (landfill, recycling, and compost) to enable Toros and visitors to maximize their options for keeping items out of the landfill when possible.  

Is your nearest zero waste station too far away?  Are you planning to move offices or host an event that will be generating more waste materials than normal?  Contact Facilities Work Control at workcontrol@csudh.edu or x3587 to request the following services:

  • Zero Waste Cart:  Provided free of charge to campus users, this four-compartment rolling cart can be delivered to the campus location of your choice and picked up for appropriate recycling/disposal of the collected materials when you're done with it.  Featuring trash, mixed recycling, battery recycling, and even a donation compartment (for reusable items you'd like to see donated to CSUDH students in need), this cart helps optimize your options for recycling when dealing with high volumes of materials from move-outs, spring cleaning, or special office activities.
  • Event Bins: Are you hosting a campus get-together or event?  Don't forget to include our pop-up zero waste bins as part of your furniture order request through Facilities Services or the Loker Student Union.  
  • Additional Zero Waste Stations:  Zero waste stations are placed strategically throughout the campus both inside and out at strategic intersections, entranceways/exits, and stairwells to ensure compliance with state of California AB/SB CalRecycle requirements.  However, if office operations have changed resulting in your nearest waste station being too far away, not being large enough to handle ongoing waste volumes, etc. please place a Work Order at workcontrol@csudh.edu or x3587 to request an additional station at your location.  Deskside bins, while they can be used to personally collect materials for carrying to your nearest zero waste station, are not formally serviced by campus staff.  
    • Service Requests:  Interior zero waste stations are serviced daily by Custodial, and exterior zero waste stations are serviced by Grounds.  Please contact Work Control to report overflow/service issues.  
    • Zero Waste Station Locations:  Not sure where your nearest zero waste station is located?  Check out the floor plan maps for your building of interest here or the campus grounds and parking lots here

Recycling Bin (Acceptable Materials): 

  • Cans & Bottles
  • Plastics
    • #1-7 hard plastics. No plastic bags or film please!
  • Cartons
    • Includes milk cartons and waxy paper soda cups
  • Aluminum/Metal
  • Glass
  • Paper
    • Includes newspaper, envelopes, junk mail, brochures, and magazines
  • Cardboard
    • Please flatten boxes before putting them in the bins

Compost Bin (Acceptable Materials):  

  • All food scraps:  Please no packaging, just food! Meats, bones, breads, cooked and uncooked foods, etc. are acceptable.
  • You may use a CLEAR plastic bag to collect your food scraps which will be popped and disposed of at the sorting facility. 

Landfill (Acceptable Materials):

  • Items that can’t be recycled and aren’t considered Hazardous Waste (below) can be put in the Landfill bin. This includes:
    • Aluminum foil, chip bags, plastic film/flexible packaging, napkins, mirrors, ceramic, shredded paper, stickers/address labels, tissue, and Styrofoam.

Other Services- 

Hazardous Waste:

  • Common items such as batteries, CDs/DVDs, ink toner, and fluorescent lamps are considered hazardous waste and require special handling. Contact Facilities Work Control at workcontrol@csudh.edu or x3587 to request pick-up. 
  • Battery recycling containers are available to campus offices upon request to campus work control. 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

Electronic Waste:

  • All IT-branded assets must be received through Procurement 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 Procurement at x2376 for pick-up of these items. 

Other Items:

  • Pop Up Thrift Initiative (Seasonal):  In collaboration with the Basic Needs Initiative, the Office of Sustainability will periodically provide collection receptacles and host thrift drives for specific secondhand items in good condition (such as coats, professional attire, etc.) that go to helping our CSUDH students meet their basic needs.  
    • Please keep an eye on campus-wide e-mail to be informed on when drives are occurring.  View our Pop Up Thrift Initiative Report for more information on this Presidential Challenge project and its outcomes.  

  • Soles4Souls Shoe Drive (Year-Round): Do you have shoes you no longer want? Gently worn and new shoes, with pairs tied together, can be dropped off at Soles4Souls boxes placed in Welch Hall, University Library, Housing, Athletics, ASI Office, or other locations throughout campus to support Soles4Souls in their efforts to create sustainable jobs around the globe.  

  • Annual Jeepers Peepers Drive (Fall): Donate used eyeglasses (broken frames, single lenses, and cases are perfectly acceptable). Our collection will go to the Lions Club International to be refurbished, sorted, and prepared by qualified eye doctors, and distributed to those who cannot afford to have prescription eye care through out the Southern California area. (LCI also distributes hearing aids; you can add that to the mix as well, if you have any spares that you no longer need.)

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