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Recycling on campus

In case you were wondering: What happens to items in the recycling bin once it's picked up?

February 5, 2019

At Mount Saint Mary’s, we depend on the members of the community to put the appropriate materials in the recycle bin. Generally, this means dry paper.
At Mount Saint Mary’s, we depend on the members of the community to put the appropriate materials in the recycle bin. Generally, this means dry paper.

Most of us have those blue recycling bins next to our regular trash cans, but have you ever wondered what actually happens to the recycling once it’s picked up?

When the housekeeping staff cleans offices, they bring two separate bags, one for waste products, another for recycling. On each campus, there are two large collection bins for collection by the City of Los Angeles.

At Mount Saint Mary’s, we depend on the members of the community to put the appropriate materials in the recycle bin. Generally, this means dry paper. There have been instances where material has been collected in the blue bin, but because it’s been contaminated by getting wet, or by food waste, it’s had to be thrown out (cardboard boxes good, greasy pizza boxes bad).

So what can you put in the blue bins? Mail and office paper, newspapers, even wrapping paper (as long as it’s not metallic or glittery). The City of Los Angeles has a simple guide for what to put in the blue bins.

If you don’t have a blue recycling bin in your office, just call Facilities Management at 213.477.2579 or 310.954.4340.

Do you have any other questions about issues on either campus? Let us know, and we can answer those questions in future newsletters. In case you were wondering, just email us at communications@msmu.edu.

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