In 2008, our 3rd annual "e-waste day" recycled 5,710 lbs. of electronic waste.
- What goes into Recycling (usually blue) bins: aluminum cans, cardboard, glass, paper, plastic (any kind), junk mail, catalogs.These co-mingled materials are then taken off campus to be separated. During the last 6 months of 2007, the College recycled 27,720 lbs. of these mixed materials. After new recycling bins were distributed in February, 2008, recycling increased to 34,340 lbs in the first half of the year. For the last 6 months of 2008, recycling reached an all-time high of 48,284 lbs.
- What can not go into the Recycling bins: styrofoam, electronics (collected during E-waste days), fluorescent bulbs (collected by B&G),batteries, toner or ink cartridges (take to Warehouse), food waste, CD's and DVD's.
- Recycling Service Requests. The recycling crew empties the smaller blue recycling bins in classrooms and offices on a regular basis. They empty all the larger outside bins for Residence Life as necessary. All recycling is transported to the holding area and picked up by waste management when full. The cardboard bales are picked up by Weyerhaeuser Trucking. If you have any recycling requests or needs, please fill out Work Orders and submit to the Physical Plant Office.
- For all events, including barbecues and parties, that generate recyclables: You can now request new well-identified recycle bins in racks of 2, on the same workorder as your table and chair set up request. For Parties of Less than 10: There is one rack with one recycle bin and one Trash bin. For Parties of 10 or More: Request one or more racks consisting of two recycle bins each. Trash bins will be the normal size trash cans you see at events.
- Saint Mary's receives grant, improves recycling. Under an $8,650 grant from the Central Contra Costa Solid Waste Authority,the College purchased 595 recycling bins for use in the residence halls and conducted an educational campaign to promote recycling. The amount of material recycled increased significantly, from 27,720 lbs. between July and December of 2007, to 48,284 lbs. during the same period in 2008.
- Used batteries (except automotive, marine, and motorcycle) may be recycled in one of three locations: the Physical plant office, the Warehouse, and also the Rheem facility’s kitchen. Acceptable battery types include Alkaline, NiCad, Carbon Zinc, Lithium, Nickel and metal hyd.
- Special electronic waste pick-ups on campus collect pallets of "e-waste" from the college community and local residents.