Waste & Recycling

According to the EPA, Americans produce about 250 million tons of trash every year. Of that, about 30% is recycled or composted. Most human-created trash ends up in landfills, which make open space uninhabitable for wildlife. Landfills are a significant source of pollution for nearby waterways, and in many places trash is burned, creating air pollution and contributing to respiratory illness. Campus Recreation implements a variety of reducing and recycling methods to lesson our waste production.

Terracycle and Battery Disposal

Rec Center RoofCampus Rec partners with Terracycle. Bring in your used ink cartridges, old/broken writing utensils, used batteries, and foil-lined energy bar wrappers to the wooden container outside Campus Recreation’s Everest Gym for responsible recycling/disposal.



The Recreation Center is equipped with compost bins. Items that can go into the compost bin include food waste, napkins, and all containers from Sonoma State University Dining Services, including the plastic-like containers and Starbucks cups from SIP. The exceptions to this are smoothie cups from Charlie Brown’s and Pepsi cups from on campus.


What to Put Into Single Stream Recyling Bins
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Paper Products

  • White and colored paper
  • Newspaper (including all inserts
  • Magazines, junk mail, envelopes
  • Office and computer paper
  • Telephone books and manuals
  • Cereal, shoe and tissue boxes (remove plastic liners)
  • Small pieces of cardboard
  • Plastic coated paper
  • Food contaminated paper
  • Hardcover books (Paperbacks OK)
Milk Cartons, Juice and Soy/Rice Milk Boxes
  • Milk cartons
  • Juice boxes
  • Juice concentrate cartons
  • Frozen food packaging
  • Liquids or food waste
  • Straws or Pop-tops
  • Plastic bags
Glass Bottles and Jars

  • Clear and colored glass
  • Food and beverage jars
  • Leave labels on
  • Jar lids or caps
  • Window or mirror glass
  • Ceramic, dishes or stemware
Plastic Containers

  • All plastic containers #1-7
  • Milk and water jugs
  • Soda, juice, water bottles
  • Yogurt and deli tubs
  • Shampoo and detergent
  • Plastic caps
  • Plastic bags
  • Styrofoam
Metal Cans

  • Aluminum cans
  • Steel and tin cans
  • Empty paint/aerosol cans
  • Plastic caps
  • Plastic bags
  • Styrofoam

Source: www.unicycler.com

Recycling Resources

  • Sonoma County Waste Management Agency - www.recyclenow.org
  • Rohnert Park Disposal - 707-586-2283
  • For recycling questions call the ECO DESK 707-565-3375
  • Batteries: H&V Tool Repair Santa Rosa 707-528-1111
  • Cell Phones: Drop off at Olivers's Market - info 707-571-1965
  • Plastic bags & film - most grocery stores
  • Need a solutuon for waste? Visit Terracycle