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Recycling on Campus

Why is it important to recycle?

The United States is a mere 5 percent of the world's population, but creates 30 percent of the worlds garbage. As our landfills are quickly filling up the state of California law AB341 mandates that schools develop a recycling program. Recycling relieves pressure on the ecosystem and generally uses a fraction of the energy compared to making products from new materials.

What can go into the recycling bins at DVC?

All papers, aluminum cans, scrap metal, all colors of glass, empty plastic containers, water bottles, milk jugs can go in these containers. See a complete list of items than can be recycled.

The contents are collected by the custodial staff and placed into clear bags which are then taken to the larger recycling containers on campus. Blue cans are for office space. If your office does not have a blue can you can request one from the custodial department.

What can be composted?

Composting is encouraged in the DVC Commons and other areas where food is served. All food, food soiled paper such as napkins and paper plates can be placed into the compost containers. For more information view this comprehensive list

What cannot go in any can?

It is against the law to discard paint, automobile fluids, chemicals, pesticides, batteries, fluorescent bulbs, CFLs, needles and lancets, appliances, and electronics in your garbage or recycling receptacle. Please visit the Household Hazardous Waste page for disposal facilities for those items.