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Waste Reduction & Recycling

Did you know that recycling and waste reduction programs at CSULB focus on more than just bottles, cans, and paper? We have successful programs in place to recycle everything from batteries to food waste. Check out the information below to see how you can help the university conserve valuable natural resources, reduce landfill related greenhouse gas emissions, and move CSULB closer to our ultimate goal of becoming a Zero Waste campus.

Recycling/Reuse Programs

Bottles & Cans

For the convenience of our students, faculty and staff, designated recycling containers for bottles and cans are located throughout the campus grounds and inside many campus buildings.

Community members can also donate their bottles, cans and other recyclable materials to the ASI Recycling Center in exchange for the California Redemption Value.

Contact us to report a full container in a building or on campus grounds.


Faculty and staff should recycle mixed office paper in the blue desk side and larger blue office bins provided by campus Facilities (PPFM).  Faculty and staff may also request a temporary mixed paper bin for larger volumes of mixed paper generated during an office clean out.     

Campus policy requires that all documents containing confidential information of students, staff, and faculty must be properly destroyed (shredded) before they can be discarded.  Departments can shred documents themselves or have them destroyed by the university’s designated service provider (at their own cost).

Community members can bring mixed paper and other recyclable materials to the ASI Recycling Center. Request mixed paper bin or contact the campus' shredding services provider.


Faculty and staff should flatten cardboard boxes and deposit them next to the blue recycling containers inside their offices. Departments that have a large number of boxes are encouraged to flatten them and take them to the cardboard collection stations outside their buildings, typically next to the building’s trash dumpsters, where it is regularly collected by campus staff. Contact us if you have any additional cardboard recycling questions

Community members can also bring cardboard and other recyclable materials to the ASI Recycling Center


Faculty, staff, and students can recycle rechargeable and non-rechargeable batteries at several locations throughout campus. Batteries contain toxic materials that can contaminate the air, land, and water when not disposed of properly. Battery collection locations are located through out campus. 

Departments that generate large quantities of batteries should contact Environmental Health and Safety to request a special collection.


Computers and Electronics

Faculty and staff who want to discard of university owned computer equipment must first ensure that the hard drives have been properly erased by the Media Sanitization Methods recommended by the office of Information Security Management and Compliance.

After the media has been properly sanitized, a Property Survey/Transfer Request Form must be completed and submitted to the Property Management Office for processing.

CSULB and the ASI Recycling Center do NOT accept e-waste of any kind from the public.


Office Supplies & Toner Cartridges 

Campus community members can recycle writing instruments and clear tape cores at several locations throughout campus. Faculty and staff can also donate unwanted office supplies to be used by other campus departments through the Surplus Supplies Swap program.  Staff and faculty interested in donating or utilizing donated supplies can contact Support Services.

Toner and ink jet cartridges should be recycled by placing used cartridges inside the replacement cartridge box and sent through inter campus mail to Receiving. Please do not put toner cartridges in with mixed paper or cardboard.


Surplus Property and Furniture 

Surplus Property (state-owned property that is no longer needed by a department or the university) including furniture, electronics vehicles, and miscellaneous office equipment, must be properly processed by the Property Management Office (PMO). Before a department can remove or dispose of surplus property, a Property Survey/Transfer Request Form must be completed and submitted to the PMO for processing.

The type and condition of surveyed items determines whether they are reused or recycled. Property may be reused by other departments on campus, donated to local non-profit agencies and schools, posted for auction on, or dismantled for scrap metal and wood recycling.

Property may not be left in hallways, stairwells, or outside of buildings, as this may be in violation of state fire marshal regulations.


Food Waste and Compostable Materials 

Food waste and soiled paper products can be composted in designated collection bins in the University Student Union (USU). Food waste is also composted in the “back of the house” at dining facilities operated by the 49er Shops. Learn more about the composting program and ways for students to get involved.

Special Events

Groups organizing events on campus can request to have cardboard and beverage recycling containers for use at their events. 

Special collection programs are implemented during student housing move-in weekend to collect and recycle cardboard boxes and foam packing blocks. When students move-out at the end of the year, collection carts are provided for used clothes and appliances, which are donated to local charity organizations.

Once a year, the Support Services office holds an auction of items that have gone unclaimed in the Lost and Found office. Students, faculty, staff, and community members are invited to attend and bid on these items, which include bicycles, electronics and more. Lost and Found Auction Information

Other CSULB Recycling Activities and Statistics 

In addition to the programs described above, the university also has programs to recycle:

  • Greenwaste (tree trimmings, leaves, etc.)
  • Scrap metal
  • Wood
  • Inerts (asphalt, block, brick, ceramics, clay, concrete, dirt and plaster)
  • Packing Peanuts
  • Shipping pallets
  • Cooking grease
  • Construction/Demolition debris
  • Tires and motor oil

Campus departments can request temporary dumpsters for discarding wood, scrap metal, and inert materials. Clean polystyrene packing peanuts can be donated to the 49er Shops Bookstore so they can be reused for packing books and merchandise.

Community members can donate wood, metal and other recyclable materials at the ASI Recycling Center.