Solid Waste and Recycling
Cal Poly contracts for collection of solid waste and recycling. Cal Poly Facility Services operates an integrated waste management program that includes source use reduction, recycling, greenwaste, resale of scrap metal and surplus equipment, and zero waste event catering.
Recycling containers are provided to faculty, staff, and students by Facility Services, and collection is performed by Custodial Services and the campus Recycling Coordinator. For questions regarding recycling or to request additional containers, please contact the Recycling Coordinator at 805-458-2602, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
What items and materials can be recycled?
These items CAN be recycled:
- Most paper, including:
- Envelopes (even with windows)
- Junk mail
- Stapled Paper
- Most Plastics (except Styrofoam #6)
- All empty beverage containers
- Glass, plastic & aluminum
These items can NOT be recycled:
- Aerosol cans
- Ceramic materials
- Hazardous material
- Light bulbs
- Paper cups
- Paper towels
- Squeezable paper juice containers
- Styrofoam cups and plates
- Wax paper
The following universal wastes and materials require special handling for recycling or disposal, please use the guidelines below.
- Batteries may be recycled by delivering to the Facilities Services Warehouse. For a small number of batteries, inter-office mail is ok.
- Fluorescent Tubes contain mercury and should be delivered to the Facilities Services Warehouse for proper disposal.
- Compact Fluorescent Lamps contain mercury and should be delivered to the Facilities Services Warehouse for proper disposal.
- Used Toner Cartridges are recycled by Distribution Services. Please place the used cartridge back in the packaging your new cartridge came in (sealed manila envelopes are also OK), and place next to your mail pickup location. Please do not drop them in the campus mail.
- Ink jet cartridges are common recycling
- 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 Help Center at 805-756-5555, or contact Environmental Health and Safety at 805-756-6662.
- Hazardous Waste is handled by the Environmental Health and Safety office.
The risk of sensitive information falling into the wrong hands is a continuous threat to the confidentiality, and integrity of Cal Poly information assets. Cal Poly employees are responsible for properly handling confidential data as described in the Information Classification and Handling Standard. The Record Retention and Disposition Standard can assist you to determine the period of time that a record/information shall be kept to ensure compliance with legal and regulatory requirements. The following recommendations are to help you keep Cal Poly data secure through the disposition process:
The following recommendations are to help you keep Cal Poly data secure through the disposition process:
- Shred confidential information when it is no longer needed.
- Do not discard confidential data in the trash.
- Keep sensitive recyclable data separate, secure, and identified as confidential.
- Use a clearly marked, locking bin for central departmental storage of confidential information that will be shredded outside the department.
- Containers should be kept in a secure, non-public area.
What if your department doesn’t have a shredder or centralized area?
- Contact Facility Services’ recycling division at 805-756-5226 or 458-2602 to request a confidential shred pick up.
- Write confidential on the container holding the contents to be shred and tape the container closed. Each container should be 20 X 16 X 12 inches or smaller and should not exceed 40lbs. The common copy paper box is recommended.
- Store the confidential container in a secure, locked area until released to Facility Services’ personnel. A signature will be requested to ensure chain-of-custody requirements are met.
- Please do not include 3-ring binders with the documents, they cannot be shredded.
REMEMBER: Identity theft is on the rise, so it is important to treat other people’s information as if it was your own.