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 many hydration stations available at: Loker Student Union, Student Housing (Phase II laundry room), Extended Ed, SBS, Welch Hall, North Library, NSM, LaCorte Hall, and the Field House (near the training room).
  • 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? Contact EHOS at x3012 to request pick-ups or find out if they have extra supplies you might need. 
  • 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 (or similar). 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:

Cans & Bottles Bin:

  • Only recycle cans and plastic/glass bottles with a CRV value, please. You’ll notice these bins have padlocks and are specifically designed for cans and bottles only. This helps prevent people from damaging our other bins looking for CRV value items, and also prevents cross-contamination from liquids. Please ensure your cans and bottles are empty and clean before putting them in.

Recycling Bin:

  • We will also accept cans and bottles here, but prefer that you use the more secure Cans & Bottles bin if available.
  • Plastics
    • #1-7 hard plastics. No plastic bags 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


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

Hazardous Waste:

  • Common items such as batteries, CDs/DVDs, ink toner, and fluorescent lamps are considered hazardous waste and require special handling. Contact OH&S at x3012 to request pick-up. For additional information on what type of materials qualify, please visit Facilities Services' Recycling Page.
  • Battery recycling containers are available to campus offices upon request to the campus Recycling Coordinator at x2161. 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. 
  • You may also request pick-up of these items by the Recycling Coordinator at x2161. 

Other Items:

  • Food Scraps:  You have two choices for your food scraps depending on what they are.
    • All food scraps: There are Zero Waste receptacles (one per building) labeled with "Compost" and/or "Food Recycling" signage. There is also a green food waste recycling dumpster in the Loker Student Union loading dock that accepts 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. 
    • Vegan scraps (no proteins, no eggshells, no cooked food): Drop off your uncooked food scraps at the Campus Urban Farm curbside bin for on-site composting. Check out our Drop-Off Compost Bin flyer here for guidance on what to bring. 

  • 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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